(n/a) Guy Rose (American, 1867-1925) La Jolla Beach 24 x 29in
Lot 87
(n/a) Guy Rose
(American, 1867-1925)
La Jolla Beach 24 x 29in
Sold for US$ 410,000 inc. premium

Lot Details
(n/a) Guy Rose (American, 1867-1925)
La Jolla Beach
signed 'Guy Rose' (center right)
oil on canvas
24 x 29in
overall: 33 x 38in

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    With Stendahl Galleries, Los Angeles, circa 1918
    Private collection, Northern California, until circa 1990


    EXHIBITED:
    Oakland, California, The Oakland Museum, Guy Rose, American Impressionist, July 1, 1995 - September 24, 1996.
    Greenville, South Carolina, Greenville County Museum of Art, Guy Rose, American Impressionist, December 4, 1996 - January 9, 1997.
    Montclair, New Jersey, The Montclair Art Museum, Guy Rose, American Impressionist, April 27, 1997 - August 10, 1997.
    Irvine, California, The Irvine Museum, Peaceful Awakening: Spring in California, January 20 - May 12, 2007.

    LITERATURE:
    Will South, Guy Rose, American Impressionist, Oakland, 1995, p. 132, illustrated.


    In the late 1880's, Guy Rose went to Paris and studied with Benjamin
    Constant, Jules Lefebvre, and at the Academie Julian with Lucien Doucet.
    The influence of these painters can be seen clearly in the early works
    of Guy Rose. The artist's later, Impressionist paintings are a distinct
    departure from this academic style and speak to the heavy influence of
    Claude Monet on Rose's work a decade later. Living in Giverny with his
    wife, Rose took that academic foundation and immediately replaced it
    with the new modern style of the day, brightening his palette and adding
    a completely new wispy, quick freshness to his works. The result was a
    true, seasoned American Impressionist.

    Twelve years later, Rose moved West and found the constant sunlight and
    postcard-perfect scenery of southern California ideal for setting up
    shop as an easel painter. He took advantage of his proximity to the sea
    and made excursions to the coast whenever possible. He actively sought
    the solitude of the ocean and its quaint sleepy seaside hamlets. Most
    of his California seascapes during this period are devoid of any
    figures. Painting up and down the California coast, Rose's paintings of
    La Jolla appear less often that his Carmel and Monterey seascapes.

    It must have been a spot favored by the artist, as Rose painted at least
    three different scenes from this same vantage point along the La Jolla
    coast. In fact, in the spirit of his mentor Claude Monet, Rose was known
    to paint the same scene at different times of the day. Will South
    writes in his 1995 book 'Guy Rose, American Impressionist ' that a
    comparison could be made in these works to Claude Monet's focus on
    capturing the same scene in a variety of different lighting conditions.
    During his years in Giverny, Rose was sure to have many opportunities to
    study Monet's variations of Haystacks, Rouen Cathedral and London's
    Houses of Parliament.

    This work reflects Rose's interest in capturing the serenity of the
    California coast. The wispy clouds and gentle breaking of the waves
    combine to deliver what one can imagine as a warm, inviting day along
    the La Jolla coast. The technique looks distinctly influenced by the
    French Impressionist in its brushwork and high key palette.
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