Introduction
John D. Graham (December 27, 1886 Kiev, Russia – June 27, 1961 London, England) was a Russian Empire-born American Modernist / figurative painter, collector and mentor of modernist artists in New York City. Born Ivan Gratianovitch Dombrowsky in Kiev, Russian Empire into an aristocratic family, he studied law before serving as a cavalry officer in World War I. He was briefly imprisoned after the Bolsheviks came to power in 1918 in the Russian Revolution, and fled to Warsaw, returning to fight with "the Whites". After the resistance collapsed, in 1920 he immigrated to the United States with his second wife. He soon adopted John as the English version of his first name, and took John D. Graham as his legal name when he became a US citizen in 1927. He studied painting for the first time in his 30s, becoming deeply interested in modernism. In addition to gaining attention for his own work, he championed the new movement as a collector and curator. He was a mentor to a younger generation of American artists, who developed the style of Abstract Expressionism in the New York area. In the 1940s and 1950s, Graham developed a new figurative style derived from classical masters, which he first showed in paintings and drawings of Russian soldiers. He died in London, England.
Wikidata
Q2089948
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Nationalities
Polish, American
Gender
Male
Roles
Artist, Painter, Theorist
Names
John Graham, John D. Graham, Ivan Dambrowsky, Ivan Dabrowski, Ivan Gratianovich Dombrovsky, Ioannes Magnus Servus, Ivan G. Dombrowski
Ulan
500033062
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