John Frost -
Born in Philadelphia, John Frost
painted luminous, colorful views of the Sierras, desert landscapes of
Arizona, and some village scenes. He was one of the few California
artists whose work had a pure French Impressionist style, and of this
painting style it was written the he was a Californian who "did not
hesitate to apply the delicate Impressionist technique to as
uncompromising a place as a desert." However, his brief life was
curtailed by tuberculosis, and his paintings are scarce.
He was the son of famous illustrator Arthur B. Frost. Called Jack, he
studied with his father and in Paris as a child at Academie Julian under
Jean Paul Laurens. From 1906 to 1908, he painted in Paris with Richard
Miller and often visited him at Giverny, the Impressionist Colony that
was the home of Claude Monet.
Oil on canvas, 26 x 30 inches
From 1912-14, he was a patient in a tuberculosis sanitarium in
Switzerland and then became a successful illustrator in New York City.
From 1919, seeking a dry climate for his health, he lived with his
family in Pasadena, California where he was much influenced by his
father's close friend, painter Guy Rose. The three men went on numerous
painting excursions together.
"Fremont Peak, View
From Monterey Dunes"
Oil on canvas, 24 x 29 inches
Frost's paintings were often exhibited
at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, and he was a member of the
California Art Club and the Pasadena Society of Fine Arts.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Nancy Dustin Wall Moure, "California Art: 450 Years of Painting and
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