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THE GREAT OUTDOORS: NEW MEMBERS AT THE GUILD OF BOSTON ARTISTS

Michael Graves, Summer Pond, oil.

Michael Graves, Summer Pond, oil.


REVIEW
NEW MEMBERS EXHIBITION: CURTIS HANSON
AND MICHAEL GRAVES
GUILD OF BOSTON ARTISTS
162 NEWBURY STREET, BOSTON, MA
OCTOBER 7 – 28

by Beth Neville

The 125-year-old tradition of American impressionism lives on in the oil paintings of Michael Graves, newly elected member of the Guild of Boston Artists. In keeping with impressionism’s emphasis on outdoor scenery, Graves paints lush summer landscapes, frosty winter snow banks, and sailboats’ crisp white sails against the blue White Mountains. His work, of excellent technical quality, will further enhance the Guild of Boston Artists’ reputation as must-see gallery for leading artists of the plein air movement, the more modern name for “impressionism.”

This October, Graves’ works will be displayed alongside those of Curtis Hanson in the Guild of Boston Artists’ New Members Exhibition in its President’s Gallery.

Three of Graves’s paintings display the breadth of his commitment to painting outdoors in the extremes of New England weather. The color tones of “Stream in Deep Snow,” with soft violets, muted greens and a golden ochre color, could almost be taken directly from Claude Monet. The use of the brush to “draw” the details of reflection, reeds, and bare branches also harks back to French roots.

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