was an American Impressionist painter who is recognized as one of California's top impressionist painters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Guy Orlando Rose was born March 3, 1867 in San Gabriel, California
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. He was the seventh child of Leonard John Rose and Amanda Jones Rose.
His father was a prominent California senator. He and his wife raised their large family on an expansive Southern California ranch and vineyard – the San Gabriel Valley
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town of Rosemead
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bears the family name. In 1876 young Guy Rose was accidentally shot in the face during a hunting trip with his brothers. While recuperating he began to sketch and use watercolors and oil paints. He graduated from Los Angeles High School
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in 1884 and moved to San Francisco where he did his art training at the California School of Design, where he studied with the Danish-born artist Emil Carlsen
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On September 12, 1888, Rose enrolled at the Académie Julian
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in Paris and studied with Benjamin-Constant, Jules Lefebvre, Lucien Doucet and Jean-Paul Laurens
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while in Paris. In 1888-89, he won a scholarship at the Academie Delacluse. He met fellow students Frank Vincent and Frederick Melville at the Académie Julian – Frank Vincent
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and Guy Rose were to remain lifelong friends.
Rose lived New York
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, New York in the 1890s and illustrated for Harper's
, and Century
. Choosing to return to France in 1899, he and his wife Ethel Rose bought a cottage at Giverny
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. In 1900 he resided in Paris and spent the winter in Briska, Algeria where he painted three known paintings. From 1904 to 1912 husband and wife lived in Giverny and his works from this period show the influence of "the master" Claude Monet
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, who became his friend and mentor.
In 1913-1914 the Roses summered in and held an outdoor sketching school at Narragansett, Rhode Island
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. Suffering on and off again from the effects of lead poisoning, Rose and his wife moved permanently to Los Angeles, California in 1914.
In Los Angeles, Guy Rose taught and served as Director of the Stickney Memorial School of Art in Pasadena. In 1921 he suffered a debilitating stroke that left him paralyzed. Guy Rose died in Pasadena, California on November 17, 1925. In 1926 the Stendahl Gallery held a memorial exhibition of his works.
- Honorable Mention, Paris Solon, 1894;
- Silver Medal, Panama-Pacific International Exposition 1915;
- Gold Medal, Panama-California Exposition, San Diego 1915;
- William Preston Harrison Prize, California Art Club
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- Literature: Plein Air Painters of the Southland, by Ruth Lily Westphal, 1996;
- Literature: Guy Rose American Impressionist, by Will South, 1995
Collections and Galleries
- Guy Rose Gallery of Art - Laguna Beach, California
- Irvine Museum, Irvine, California,
- Bower's Museum, Santa Ana
- Laguna Art Museum,
- LACMA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art,
- The Oakland Museum, California,
- Guy Rose Gallery, California
- OCMA: Orange County Museum of ART