American Impressionist artist Guy Rose (1867-1925) was born on March 3, 1867 in San Gabriel, California. He was born into a wealthy family and at the age of nine, while recuperating from a childhood injury, started sketching and painting in watercolor. Guy Rose received training in art and painting in San Francisco at the California School of Design. He later attended the prestigious Academie Julian in Paris where he won several awards. The talented artist then received a scholarship to the Academie Delacluse and while there in France, Guy Rose had his paintings accepted for the annual art exhibitions at the Paris Salon.
Guy Rose was forced to set aside oil painting in 1894 after getting sick with lead poisoning. The following year he returned to the United States and began an art career as an illustrator and obtained work with some well known publications. Guy Rose also taught drawing and portrait painting and as his health returned over the next few years he began painting in oil again.
In 1899 Guy Rose and his wife moved to France and the pair of artists lived in Giverny. Although he would travel extensively over the next several years, Guy Rose kept an art studio there in Giverny. He became close friends with Impressionist artist Claude Monet and his works began to show the influence of his mentor and friend. Guy Rose and his wife Ethel were members of the small American art colony in Giverny.
Both were close friends with fellow artists Richard Miller, Lawton Parker, Alson S. Clark and Frederick Frieseke. In 1910, Lawton Parker, Richard Miller, Frederick Frieseke, Alson Clark and Guy Rose exhibited paintings as The Giverny Group in New York.
Guy Rose and his wife returned to the United States in 1912 and started an art school in Narragansett, Rhode Island. A couple of years later they moved to Southern California and lived in Pasadena. Guy Rose continued painting and became active in the local art community. He was a Board member of the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science and Art for a number of years. He also worked as Director for the Stickney Memorial School of Fine Arts in Pasadena.
A California Impressionist artist, Guy Rose was active painting in southern California until about 1917. It was at this time that he began to spend his summers on the Monterey Peninsula, painting in both Monterey and Carmel. Over time he created a style of painting where he would depict the same scene during different times of the day. Something that Claude Monet was also known for.
Guy Rose is known for painting based upon his surroundings and this included both figures and landscapes and most of his work is from California and France. Guy Rose passed away in Pasadena, California on November 17, 1925.