Guy Orlando Rose was born in San Gabriel, California in 1867 to a prominent family. His first introduction to art was at the age of nine, when he began to sketch and paint as a means of entertaining himself while recovering from a hunting accident. After graduating from high school, he moved to San Francisco and attended the School of Design. In 1888, he moved to Paris to continue his studies and enrolled at the Academie Julian.
In 1898, Guy Rose became the first California artist to receive honorable mention at the Paris Salon. A year later, he won a scholarship at the Academie Delacluse. His early work, done in Paris, reflected the then fashionable Oriental motifs. By the mid 1890s, he moved to New York and continued to paint, but also engaged in work as an illustrator for such prestigious publications as “Harper’s,” “Scribners,” and “Century”. He also taught at the Pratt Institute in New York.
In 1899, Guy Rose returned to France and bought a cottage at Giverny, but spent most of his time living in Paris from 1900 to 1904. He also spent his winters painting in Algeria. From 1904 to 1912, Rose lived and worked in Giverny and had the benefit of being exposed to other Impressionist artists painting there, including Monet. Monet became a close friend to Guy Rose and a mentor. Around this time, Rose was having problems with lead poisoning from paint, which made it difficult to work for long periods of time. This problem would affect him for the rest of his life.
In 1913, he moved back to the United States with a style well formulated in the Impressionist movement. He taught plein air sketching in Rhode Island for a year. Lead poisoning continued to plague him and affected his vision and crippled his hands. In 1914, he settled in California where he taught art and worked as Director of the Stickney School of Art in Pasadena. He also became a member of the California Art Club and Painters and Sculptors of Los Angeles. In 1921 Guy Rose had a stroke that left him paralyzed. He died in 1925.
Guy Rose was one of California’s leading impressionist painters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
1894 Honorable Mention, Paris Salon
1901 Bronze Medal, Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo
1915 Silver Medal, Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco
1915 Gold Medal, Panama-California Exposition, San Diego
1921 William Preston Harrison Prize, California Art Club
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California
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