October 21, 2014 California & American Fine Art Auction

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Lot# 098 Guy Orlando Rose (1867-1925 Pasadena, CA)


''Shifting Shadows'', Giverny landscape with willow trees near a river, oil on linen, 23.5'' H x 28.75'' W, est: $300,000/500,000
*Price Realized: $290,000.00


signed lower right: Guy Rose, titled verso. Note: While living at Giverny early in the 20th century, Guy Rose painted a wide range of subjects that included still life, nudes, women posed out of doors, aerial vistas and churches. No matter the ostensible subject, a primary concern of any Rose was always light. This is nowhere more true than in his ''Shifting Shadows'' where figures are absent and the effect of sun through trees takes center stage.

Rose worked on the challenge of the skyless, tree-shrouded composition numerous times at Giverny, famously in the Oakland Museum of California's painting, ''Warm Afternoon'', c. 1910. That painting is exactly the same size as ''Shifting Shadows'', only vertical in orientation. ''Warm Afternoon'' is dominated by the beautiful but wholly standard narrative of the pretty woman seated restfully inside the frame of nature. Behind her is a row of pollarded willows along the edge of the River Epte. Though she is haloed by frenzied light, her presence drives the poetry: we focus on her unmoving loveliness as the Ideal: youth, health and harmony come together in the pitch-perfect landscape.

Subtract this figure, and we have ''Shifting Shadows'': rows of pollarded (this means pruned in a way that leaves the remaining limbs growing upright) willows where the only trace of human presence is the slight pink path, itself trailing off into thickets of green. Absent the idealized narrative figure, we can focus on what fascinated Rose throughout his mature career: the careening effects of fractured light patterns.

Like his American artist-peers at Giverny?a group that included luminaries Alson Clark, Frederick Frieseke and Theodor Earl Butler?Rose kept tight and definitive boundaries on the figures he painted, no matter how sun drenched they were. Again, jettison the figure and Rose's willingness to quickly, if not aggressively, attack the picture is more evident: in ''Shifting Shadows'', the admixture of tinted greens, yellows and blues fairly race across the canvas from left to right as overhead strands of light pour in. The intensity of the experience is heightened by his use of brisk shots of cerulean blue in shadowed areas, and a consistent spray of pink patches along the willows. Thin, upstretched limbs that would have been defined in lesser hands with muted siennas and umbers are here translated in single strokes of viridian. Rose's control over the explosive energy of his palette is understood via the overall calm, intimate and tranquil image that he ultimately creates?in short, he paints with rapidity but certainty, and with a passion for pure color he nonetheless paints a quietly seductive picture.

''Shifting Shadows'' was painted somewhere in the middle of Rose's eight-year residence at Giverny from 1904?1912. From Giverny, he returned to New York and finally back to California in 1914 where he would paint but another roughly seven years until suffering a debilitating stroke in 1921. During those last years in California, Rose painted some of the most iconic images the State has yet known in its relatively short art history. What informs those brilliantly-lit vistas of California from Laguna to Carmel is the efficient and altogether elegant Impressionist technique he mastered years earlier at Giverny, as evidenced in ''Shifting Shadows'' . Provenance: The artist; Stendahl Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Jessie Yarnell Kimball, Los Angeles, CA; Curtis Yarnell Kimball, Marian Kimball and Cecilia Wictor, Los Angeles, CA. Condition: Visual: Generally good condition. Some stable craquelure scattered throughout. Two tiny spots of surface grime in the upper left quadrant and in the center. Blacklight: No evidence of restoration under blacklight.

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Artist Index


Abril, Ben 248, 250, 268
Adams, Charles Partridge 116
Adams, Peter 251, 252
Ahlman, Gotthilf 88
Askenazy, Mischa 209
Barr, William 102
Bartlett, Dana 23, 122
Beard, William Holbrook 175
Beckwith, James Carroll 177
Bentley, John 24
Bischoff, Elmer 214, 215
Bischoff, Franz A. 49, 55
Blenner, Carle John 178
Bond, Milton E. 76
Borein, Edward 156
Borg, Carl Oscar 139, 157
Botke, Jessie Arms 2, 52, 53, 208
Boundey, Burton Shepard 60
Brandriff, George K. 159
Braun, Maurice 111, 124, 128, 165
Brown, Benjamin Chambers 101
Brown, Howard V. 89
Browne, Charles Francis 32
Bruton, Helen Bell 222
Buck, Claude 80
Buehr, Karl Albert 82
Buff, Conrad 240, 241, 242
Bulman, Orville 211, 212
Burgdorff, Ferdinand 236
Carlson, John Fabian 90
Clark, Alson Skinner 129
Coburn, Frank 31
Cohen, Larry 269
Coleman, Harvey B. 28, 29
Cooper, Astley David Middleton 133
Cooper, Colin Campbell 5
Coutts, Gordon 155
Cromwell, Joane 106
De Forest, Lockwood 131, 132
de Longpre, Paul 42
Delano, Gerard Curtis 149
Dike, Phil 20
Dixon, Maynard 140
Dougherty, Paul 166, 167
Dwight, Mabel 213
Edwards, Howard Arden 137
Ellenshaw, Peter 73, 224, 225
Ennis, George 83
Espoy, Angel 103
Fetherolf, James A. 267
Fletcher, Frank Morley 44, 45, 46
Fraser, Douglas 196
Fries, Charles Arthur 138
Frost, John 113
Gaspard, Leon Shulman 18
Geisel, Theodor 'Dr. Seuss' 210
Gleason, Joe Duncan 202
Grant, Frederic Milton 199
Graves, Abbott Fuller 161
Gray, Percy 33
Greer, A. D. 270
Griffith, William Alexander 125, 126, 234
Grimm, Paul 14, 108, 109, 110, 228, 243, 244, 245
Gruppe, Emile Albert 85
Haddock, Arthur 16
Hammer, John J. 160
Hansen, Armin Carl 54, 63, 190, 191, 192
Harris, Sam 262
Harris, Sam Hyde 9, 95, 100, 153, 229, 247
Harrison, William John 97
Herlitz, Bob 260
Hills, Anna A. 10, 21
Hills, Anna A. Hohnstedt, Peter Lanz 114, 115
Jackman, Theodore 112
Jonnevold, Carl 7
Jorgensen, Christian A. 145
Judson, William Lees 117, 135
Kaufmann, Ferdinand 152
Kosa Jr., Emil J. 207, 223, 226
Kosa Sr., Emil J. 96
Kovner, Saul 171
Kuhn, Walt 205
Kuntz, Roger 258
Landacre, Paul 187, 188, 189
Latimer, Lorenzo Palmer 36
Lauritz, Paul 91, 227, 238
Leighton, Kathryn 254
Lever, Hayley 84
Lewis, Harry Emerson 172
Logan, Maurice 198
Lum, Bertha 47
Martinez, Xavier 130
Mason, Roy Martell 221
Mathews, Arthur F. 43
McComas, Francis 57, 58
Meeker, Joseph Rusling 87
Miller, Barse 203
Mitchell, Alfred R. 170, 237
Modesitt, John 71, 235
Molarsky, Maurice 78
Moon, Carl (Karl) 15, 136
Mora, Joseph Jacinto 143, 144
Morgan, Mary DeNeale 11
Moses, Walter Farrington 105
Mottola, Filastro (Fil) Matthew 72
Murphy, Hermann Dudley 162
Musselman, Darwin 249
Myers, Frank H. 197
Neiman, Leroy 264
Nielsen, Peter 94, 120
Noble, Raymond Elmer 99
O'Shea, John 194
Otis, George Demont 151, 246
Otte, William Louis 25, 26, 30, 62
Parker, Lawton S. 180
Paxson, Edgar S. 141
Payne, Edgar Alwin 93, 119, 146, 148, 163
Perceval, Don 220
Platt, George W. 86
Podchernikoff, Alexis M. 181
Podchernikoff, Alexis M. 182
Procter, Burt 158
Puthuff, Hanson Duvall 59, 92, 118, 127, 147, 168, 232, 233
Raphael, Joseph Morris 8, 41
Redfield, Edward Willis 77
Redmond, Granville 22, 104, 185, 186
Richter, H. 27
Ritschel, William 193, 195
Roca, Junn 265
Rockwell, Norman 263
Rogers, Charles A. 6
Rollins, Warren Eliphalet 134
Rose, Guy Orlando 98, 200
Sammons, Carl 12, 13, 17, 69
Sandona, Matteo 48
Sayre, Fred Grayson 3, 4, 150
Schafer, Frederick F. 173
Scholder, Fritz 253
Sharp, Joseph Henry 142, 176
Sheets, Millard 216
Silva, William Posey 19, 67
Singer-Schinnerl, Susi 204
Sklar, Dorothy 219
Smith, Jack Wilkinson 66, 231
Smith, John Christopher 68
Snowden, Chester Dixon 206, 266
Sparks, Will 64, 65
Spencer, Robert 79
Stiha, Vladan 257
Stuber, Dedrick Brandes 121, 201
Symons, George Gardner 169
Tavernier, Jules 174
Valencia, Manuel 61, 154
Wachtel, Elmer 39, 184
Wachtel, Marion Kavanagh 1, 34, 35, 56, 183
Wagoner, Harry B. 107
Warner, Nell Walker 51, 81
Watts, William Clothier 40
Wendt, William 123, 164
White, Edith 50
White, Orrin A. 230
Widforss, Gunnar 37, 38
Wieghorst, Olaf 255, 256
Winter, Charles Allen 179
Wood, Robert W. 74, 75, 239
Yuan, Si Chen 70
Zornes, Milford 217, 218

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