Guy Rose

Guy Orlando Rose
Born: 1867 – San Gabriel, California
Died: 1925 – Pasadena, California

Guy Rose was born in San Gabriel, CA on March 3, 1867. He was the son of a former senator who was a large Southern California landholder and rancher (the town of Rosemead and the boulevard bearing that name are in honor of the Rose family).

After graduating from Los Angeles High School, Rose began his art training in San Francisco at the School of Design under Virgil Williams and Emil Carlsen. In 1888 he studied in Paris under Constant, Lefebvre and Doucet at Academie Julian. He received an honorable mention at the Paris Salon in 1894, the first Californian to receive an award from that prestigious institution.

Returning to New York City in the mid-1890’s, Rose worked at Harper’s, Scribner’s and Century. In 1899 he was back in France and bought a cottage in Giverny. While he was there, Claude Monet and the French Impressionists greatly influenced his work.

Rose suffered from recurring lead poisoning making him unable to paint for periods of time. As a result, his vision was affected as well as his hands. In 1912 he returned to New York. Two years later made his final move back to Pasadena where he taught and served as director at the Stickney School of Art.

In 1920 he again suffered lead poisoning, and a stroke the following year left him paralyzed.

His oeuvre includes coastal scenes, missions, figures and landscapes of California and France for which he is internationally known.


California Art Club; Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles; Ten Painters of Los Angeles; Solo Exhibitions: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1916, 1918, 1919; Stendahl Art Gallery, Los Angeles, 1922,1926.Awards: Honorable Mention, Paris Salon, 1894; medal, Atlanta Expo, 1895; bronze medal, Pan-American Expo, Buffalo, 1901; Silver medal, Panama Pacific International 1915; gold medal, Panama-California Expo, San Diego, 1915; Harrison prize, California Art Club, 1921.


Bowers Museum, Santa Ana; Cleveland Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Oakland Museum; Pasadena Art Institute; San Diego Museum; Irvine Museum