John Graham: dissident modernist

Exhibition May 7 − July 30, 2017
Parrish art Museum presents the first comprehensive retrospective "John Graham: a dissident modernist"- 30 years of provocative American artist of Ukrainian origin.
Organized chronologically, presents 60 works made from 1923 to 1959, the exhibition illustrates the development of style Graham.
1920-th years are represented by still lifes, Nudes, landscapes and portraits, which show the influence of cubism. Thirtieth years of the twentieth century is represented by more abstract works. Considering the artist's work in the 1940-ies, it is possible to see a radical change in the style of: Graham paints mostly portraits, which clearly shows the influence of the Renaissance and the work of French artists of the 19th century. More recent work by John Graham, alluding to his eclectic interests, including the occult and mysticism.
John Graham (Ivan Gratsianova Dombrowski) was born in 1886 in Kiev into a noble family.
During the First world war he served in the Cherkasy regiment, was awarded the George cross for bravery. In 1918, after the execution of the Royal family, was arrested by the Bolsheviks for counter-revolutionary activities. Ran home mother in Poland. In 1920 together with his family emigrated to the United States and upon obtaining his American citizenship in 1927, took the name John D. Graham.
He studied at the new York Art students League.
John Graham was one of the few artists who are capable of some loyalty to figurative painting in the heyday of abstract expressionism in the United States. The artist was friendly with Pablo Picasso and many other French and Russian artists-modernists.

Materials taken from the site Art Museum Parrishand