Guy Rose -
Guy Rose, a native Californian, was born
in San Gabriel, CA on March 3, 1867. He was the son of a former senator
who was a large Southern California landholder and rancher (the town of
Rosemead and the boulevard bearing that name are in honor of the Rose
family). He has become recognized as one of California's top
impressionist painters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
After graduating from Los Angeles High School, he moved to San Francisco
where he began his art training at the School of Design under Virgil
Williams and Emil Carlsen. In 1888 he further studied in Paris under
Constant, Lefebvre and Doucet at Academie Julian. In 1894 he received an
honorable mention at the Paris Salon, the first Californian to receive
an award from that prestigious institution.
"In the Musee Gardens,
Returning to New York City in the mid-1890’s, Rose worked at Harper’s,
Scribner’s and Century. In 1899, he was back in France where he bought a
cottage in Giverny, and it was there that he was greatly influenced by
Claude Monet and the French Impressionists.
He suffered from recurring lead poisoning which affected his vision and
crippled his hands, and was unable to paint for various periods of time.
In 1912 he returned to New York, and two years later made his final move
back to Pasadena where he taught and served as director at the Stickney
School of Art.
In 1920 he again suffered lead poisoning, and a stroke the following
year left him paralyzed.
"Mission Point, Carmel"
His oeuvre includes coastal scenes, missions, figures and landscapes of
California and France for which he is internationally known.
California Art Club; Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles; Ten Painters
of Los Angeles; Solo Exhibitions: Los Angeles County Museum of Art,
1916, 1918, 1919; Stendahl Art Gallery, Los Angeles, 1922,1926. Awards:
Honorable Mention, Paris Salon, 1894; medal, Atlanta Expo, 1895; bronze
medal, Pan-American Expo, Buffalo, 1901; Silver medal, Panama Pacific
International 1915; gold medal, Panama-California Expo, San Diego, 1915;
Harrison prize, California Art Club, 1921.
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana; Cleveland Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of
Art; Oakland Museum; Pasadena Art Institute; San Diego Museum; Irvine
Hughes, Edan Milton. "Artists in California" San Francisco: Hughes
Publishing Co. 1989
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