''Sand Dunes'', near Carmel, CA, circa 1918-1920, signed lower right: Guy Rose, titled and numbered verso: #93, oil on canvas, 24'' H x 29'' W, est: $150,000/200,000 Note: Local-born artist Guy Rose spent eight years living in Giverny, France where he was strongly influenced by his friend Claude Monet and other impressionist painters working there. When Rose returned to California in 1914, he brought with him an intensified focus on light that can be seen in his execution of California landscapes from this mature Impressionist period. ''The ceaseless interplay between the appearance and dissolution of form, and the challenge of transfixing a moment's perception, continued to fascinate Rose as it had his precursors in Impressionism'' (W. South, ''Guy Rose: American Impressionist'', Oakland, CA, 1995, p. 67). In his first years back in California, Rose worked most frequently in Laguna Beach and the Sierras while feverishly exhibiting and selling on both Coasts, teaching and becoming involved in major local art clubs and organizations. Rose first visited Carmel-by-the-Sea in 1918 and it immediately became ''the primary focus of what were to be his last years of painting'' (W. South, p. 67). Rose produced a prodigious number of Carmel coastals in a three-year period, exploring similar locations and views but always approaching each painting as a unique experience. ''It was clearly not Rose?s intent to paint the same scene over and over, but rather to paint the varied experiences of expansiveness versus enclosure, of translucence versus opacity, or warmth versus cold'' (W. South, p. 67). ''Sand Dunes'' is a lovely, atmospheric example from this important Carmel period. Rather than painting from a vantage point of coastline yielding to ocean, in the present work, Rose paints from the coastal dunes back toward a deep landscape of rolling hills and a vast cloud-filled sky. The contrast of warm and cool tones is extreme in the composition, with a relatively thin band of distant hills and fields painted in cool greens, purples and blues inserted between broad, flat planes of warm sand and clouds. Rose paints with intentionally sparing detail, choosing to apportion the canvas in broad, flat planes of color that harken back to Japanese compositional influences. Coastal dune grasses and shrubs spring out of an otherwise constrained environment, painted with sculptural brushwork that finishes the scene. Provenance: The artist; Stendhal Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Jessie Yarnell Kimball, Los Angeles, CA; Curtis Yarnell Kimball, Marian Kimball and Cecilia Wictor, Los Angeles, CA
Visual: Generally good condition. Scattered stable craquelure throughout. A 1.5'' area of scattered losses and surface scratches in the upper center. A vertical surface drip, approximately 4'', on the sand in the lower center. Blacklight: A small spot of touch-up to address a loss in the sky in the right center.