The scattered covey signed 'Guy Rose' (lower left) and inscribed 'The scattered covey' (on the reverse) oil on canvas 22 1/4 x 28 1/4in overall: 31 x 37in
PROVENANCE: Gift from the artist to Albert Salerou, relative of Claude Monet Thence by descent Private collection, California
LITERATURE: Rose, Ethel, "Shooting in France (Normandy)", Scribner's Magazine, March 1911, p. 399, illustrated.
In The scattered covey Guy Rose depicts the hills behind Giverny in between 1908 and 1910. In 1904, Rose bought a house with a studio on the west side of Giverny. The hills behind Giverny were and still are a favorite place for hunting. Rose was known as the best shooter in Giverny and took part in hunting parties. Depicted in this work is Rose and his friend, American illustrator Authur B. Frost, with whom he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Frost was in Giverny from 1908 to 1910 and he and Rose painted on location together. The subdued atmospheric tonalities which were prevalent in French impressionism are apparent in this work particularly in the soft palette of blues, greens, purples and browns.
An excerpt from the January 1911 article written by Ethel Rose, the artist's wife, for Scribner's Magazine, reads "Americans know well so many of the sports of France. They come with tennis racquets and golf clubs to compete in the international tournaments; on bicycles and automobiles they spin along the white French roads through towns where antiquity shops are stocked and priced for them, and hotels with all the "confort moderne" are built for them; they shoot pigeons, real and clay, at the traps of the society resorts; and they are invited to the chasses a courre at the big chateaux. They fence, they skate, they even bring their aeroplanes to the aviation meetings. But how few, how very few, know that if they took their guns or trout rods; yes, trout rods: and went wandering off into the real country of this beautiful land, stopping at wayside inns, roaming the hills and valleys in autumn, or following the peaceful, almost domestic course of some little river in spring or summer, they would have a revelation of what the real France and its people are, as well as delightful and novel experiences in the pursuit of game or fish?"