Lifting Fog, Carmel Dunes, 1920 signed 'Guy Rose' (lower right) oil on canvas 15 1/4 x 18 1/2in overall: 19 1/2 x 22 3/4in
PROVENANCE: With Trotter Galleries, Pacific Grove, California Collection of Alexandra and Sidney Sheldon
EXHIBITED: Palm Springs, Palm Springs Desert Museum, California Grandeur and Genre, December 13, 1991 - March 14, 1993, no. 36.
LITERATURE: Iona M. Chelette, Katherine Plake Hough, Will South, California Grandeur and Genre: From the Collection of James L. Coran and Walter A. Nelson-Rees, Palm Springs, 1992.
While living in Los Angeles, Guy Rose took advantage of his proximity to the sea and took excursions to the coast whenever possible. He sought the solitude of the ocean and its quaint sleepy seaside hamlets. Carmel-by-the-Sea and the surrounding Monterey Peninsula was a region of California that had become well known throughout the art community as a stunning setting for plein-air painting. The established art community was comprised of numerous artists that resettled in Carmel and Monterey following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. Childe Hassam and William Merritt Chase, amongst others, had completed painting trips to the area and had come away offering rave reviews. Rose found his true inspiration in these quaint seaside towns.
After having lived eight years at Giverny, Rose moved permanently to California in 1914 and taught and served as Director of the Stickney School of Art in Pasadena. Rose's first visit to Carmel was the summer of 1918. Enthused by the landscape, Carmel became the focal point of his mature years as a painter. He and his wife, Ethel Rose, spent the next three summers there whereupon Rose produced many of his best-known works.
Rose completed a number of paintings specifically focusing on the sand dunes and shoreline of the region, often painting from, what appears to be, virtually the same vantage point. 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. Guy Rose's association with the French master is well documented and one can detect many similarities in style and approach between the two artists. 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.
In Fog Lifting, Carmel Dunes, the artist captures the tonal subtleties of the classic foggy Carmel coastline.
This work has been cleaned post catalog publication. Please see new image in the online catalog.
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