After living in France for over eight years, Guy Rose returned to the United States in 1912, living briefly on the East Coast and settling permanently in Southern California in 1914. At the outset Rose's work was received with great enthusiasm in Los Angeles, Hollywood and Pasadena, and the artist became active in several leading art organizations.
Rose's California paintings are noted for their brilliant palette and unique sense of California light and space. When his California work was first exhibited, critics noted the change in his approach to painting landscape: "He is a stronger painter today, you will admit -- and a more American one, certainly a more western one. His recent pictures from La Jolla and Laguna Beach will tell you exactly what I mean . . . Charming as are the pictures from Giverny and Toulon, they have not the grasp on the solidities that we find in those from Laguna and La Jolla. They are not so transluscently poetic. Perhaps the painter has always needed the sunlight of his boyhood." (A. Anderson, "Art and Artists: Paintings by Guy Rose," Los Angeles Times, February 20, 1916, p. 4)