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Igor Grabar was born in Budapest, where his father was a lawyer who worked in the Hungarian Parliament. Grabar followed in his fatherâ€™s footsteps and received a law degree. Preferring a more creative path, he enrolled in Ilya Repinâ€™s newly â€œreformedâ€ Imperial Academy in 1894. He became dissatisfied with the Academy and left for Munich where he studied with Anton Azbe until 1899. His fellow students included Wassily Kandinsky. Grabar contributed greatly to the advancement of Russian Impressionism. In 1905 Grabar traveled to Paris where he studied with the Impressionists and the Post-Impressionists. He developed a painting technique that was closer in style to the Post-Impressionists than any of the other Russian painters. He practiced a form of Divisionism and incorporated Pointillist techniques where brushstrokes are laid next to each other but do not mix. Because of this technique Grabar's paintings do not contain any hard edges; they are soft snapshots of beautiful light falling over still lifes of the aristocratic elite. There is an enormous amount of sensitivity to color within Grabar's paintings. Though his palette is primarily cool, the range of color he is able to achieve is remarkable. His work is a wonderful refined blend of academic training combined with techniques developed by the European Impressionists.
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