John Frost

1890-1937, Pasadena, CA

Misty view of the San Gabriel Foothills, 1920

Oil on linen
Signed and dated lower right: John Frost
24" H x 28" W

  • Provenance: Private Collection, Pasadena, California
  • Notes: A different artist, Edward B. Butler, is listed on a 1923 exhibition label affixed to the verso of this frame. It is clear that the frame was repurposed at some point to accommodate the dimensions of this painting by Frost.

    The son of the famous illustrator Arthur B. Frost, the artist John Frost was born in Philadelphia on May 14, 1890. As a youth, Frost received artistic training from his father and pursued his artistic studies at the Academie Julien in Paris under the renowned artist Jean Paul Laurens. Between 1906 and 1908, Frost lived and worked in Paris and its surrounding areas, such as Giverny, where he honed his skills as an Impressionist painter working alongside Richard E. Miller.

    Frost moved to New York City to pursue a career as an illustrator, after spending nearly two years at a tuberculosis sanitarium between 1912 and 1914. He chose to relocate to Pasadena in 1918 for health reasons, which was a decision that brought him into close contact with the American Impressionist artist, Guy Rose. The two artists frequently made outdoor excursions with one another, each seeking to capture the beauty of the California landscape that they encountered.

    Painted in 1920, Misty View of the San Gabriel Foothills demonstrates Frost's mastery of painting en plein air. During his time in California, Frost became a member of the California Art Club and the Pasadena Society of Fine Arts. Frost died in Pasadena on June 5, 1937 at the age of forty-seven.

  • Condition: Visual: Generally good condition. Surface dirt and grime. Stretcher bar creases showing slightly, primarily along the upper edge.

    Blacklight: A few small areas of touch-up near the upper edge of the sky, the largest approximately 1" x 3.5".

    Frame: 32.5" H x 37" W x 2" D

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