HOT ANGELENO – Guy Orlando Rose

5 O Clock, 1910Never heard of Guy Orlando Rose? Well, if you had been born 100 years ago you would’ve been in the minority. Not only does the town of Rosemead bear his family name, but Mr. Rose (1867-1925), a California impressionist painter born in San Gabriel, is said to have been the very first native Southern Californian to receive international fame. His incredible artistic vision and skill even earned him high standing as a protégé and friend of Monet. No kidding! Click on the thumbnails throughout this post to see larger views of some of his incredibly beautiful paintings of Southern California in the early 20th Century.

Palms by Guy Rose “Born the son of a prominent California senator, young Guy Rose was raised on a large Southern California ranch and vineyard — the town of Rosemead bears the family name. In 1876 he 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 in 1884 and moved to San Francisco where he did his art training at the California School of Design.

San Gabriel Road by Guy Rose “In September 12, 1888, Rose enrolled at the Academie Julian in Paris and studied with Benjamin-Constant, Jules Lefebvre, Lucien Doucet and Jean-Paul Laurens 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 Academie Julian — Frank Vincent and Guy Rose were to remain lifelong friends. Rose lived in New York, New York in the 1890s and illustrated for “Harper’s,” “Scribners,” and “Century.”

San Gabriel Mission by Guy Rose “Returning to France in 1899, he and his wife Ethel Rose bought a cottage at Giverny. 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” Monet, who became his friend and mentor. In 1913-1914 the Roses summered in and held an outdoor sketching school at Narragansett, Rhode Island. Suffering on and off again from the effects of lead poisoning, Rose and his wife moved permanently to Los Angeles, California in 1914. California Poppy Field, 1918-1920

“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.

Arroyo Seco by Guy Rose“Rose won the Gold Medal at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915 and the Gold Medal at the Panama-California Exposition in San Diego, 1915. His works can be found in the following public collections: Bowers Museum, Santa Ana; Cleveland Museum, Cleveland, Ohio; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; the Oakland Museum, California; Pasadena Art Institute, Pasadena, California.”


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2 Responses to “HOT ANGELENO – Guy Orlando Rose”

  1. luvlyloops says:

    What a great story! As an Angeleno and growing up 10-15 minutes away from Rosemead, it is always great to know of notable figures from California. I have realized that I am truly in love with my great state of California because it has offered so much to it’s rich history and has contributed to so much to the nation’s cultural history. Despite it’s budget woes, California is truly the golden state of the nation. Thanks.

  2. Ruth Kilday says:

    Love early California impressionist paintings and the Guy Rose’ paintings are new
    to me! Thanks so much for sharing this. I like your Hidden Los Angeles site and have added it to my Facebook page.

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