This work will be included in the catalogue raisonné on the artist being prepared by Roy Rose and the Irvine Museum.
Arguably the most pivotal artist to inspire fundamental change from academic Nineteenth Century artistic style toward Impressionism in California was Guy Rose. Born in the San Gabriel Valley, Rose began his early artistic education in San Francisco and later traveled to Paris in 1888 for further study. He resided in France for twelve years, spending much of his time in Giverny where he was influenced by Claude Monet. Many young American Impressionist were living in Giverny at the time, including Frederick Frieseke, Richard E. Miller and Alson Clark, with whom Rose became very well acquainted.
With his solid training in Impressionism complete, Rose returned to Southern California in 1914 and quickly attracted the attention of many in the local artistic community. During this period, he was particularly taken with the California Coast and produced a number of magnificent canvases including Incoming Fog, La Jolla . Will South writes of Rose's interest in the California coastal landscape, "[Rose] turned his attention to the ocean beginning in late 1914 with a focus unknown in his earlier work. In painting the Pacific, Rose could indulge two of his major pictorial interests explored at Giverny; reflections on water and multifarious atmosphere. It also satisfied his personal penchant for creating images of solitude and quiet. In 1915 and 1916 he visited the Southern California beach communities of Laguna and La Jolla and painted the coastline with a complete command of the Impressionistic strategies he had mastered at Giverny." (Will South, Guy Rose American Impressionist, Oakland, California, 1995, p. 62)
In this outstanding example of his California style of Impressionism, Rose combines subtle tonalities of palette with light, feather-like brushwork, to create a poetic rendering of the moody atmosphere of the dramatic California Coast. The rocky coastline's visible brush strokes recess into a vast and atmospheric space heightened by incoming fog.