A native of San Gabriel, California and considered California's most important Impressionist painter, Rose began his formal artistic education at the California School of Design in San Francisco, where he studied with Raymond Dabb Yelland and Emil Carlsen. It was Carlsen's fresh influence, inclination toward modernity in his art, devotion to developing his skill and personal integrity that impressed Rose and influenced him throughout his life.
Rose traveled to Paris in 1888 and enrolled at the Academie Julian, where he would study for three years. In the spring of the following year, Rose visited the French countryside for the first time and in an account written ten years later, Rose recalled his first impressions: "When I first saw the French country at Giverny, it seemed so queer and strange, and above all so wonderfully beautiful, that the first impression still lasts; so that whenever I think of France that is the way I always see it . . . Here the beautiful days come and go, - each changing season, each hour, more full of fascination than the last." (G. Rose, "At Giverny", Pratt Institute Monthly 6, December 1897, p.81)
Guy Rose and his wife Ethel returned to Giverny in 1899 and discovered that the charming hamlet had turned into a vibrant artist's colony. Claude Monet maintained a home and studio in Giverny and was a tremendous influence on the artists who flocked there. During this trip, Rose became more fully aware of Monet's work and began to incorporate a looser and brighter style into his own art.
Morning Mists embodies the ethereal quality of Impressionism as Rose interprets the quiet tonalities of the Giverny countryside. Rose's use of subtle tones of blue and white create a quiet yet moving impression of the light and atmosphere of the French landscape. Here, Rose also reveals his direct influence from Claude Monet in his integration of gentle, feather-like brushstrokes and a bright palette, and also in his experimentation with light and atmosphere evoking a specific season and time of day. Monet created his now famous series of paintings depicting haystacks and waterlillies, among others, that focus on the changes of light and atmosphere on a single subject. Likewise, Rose painted Morning Mists most probably in the early spring, and also painted Morning Mists (Late Spring) (Private Collection), that together reveal his interest in changing light on the landscape during the seasons.