|Arthur Grover Rider|
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Oil on Canvas
29 x 32 inches
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Born in Chicago on March 21, 1886, Arthur Grover Rider received his early training at the Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago. While studying there, he painted for the Chicago Lyric Opera. Later, he traveled to Europe. While living in London, he painted for the London Opera at Covent Garden. He further studied at Academies de la Grande Chaumiere and Colarossi in Paris, and exhibited there at the George Petite Galleries. For nine summers he painted in Spain and it was there that he met Joaquin Sorolla who greatly influenced his work. They painted together on the Valencian Beach, and when Sorolla died in 1923, Rider was an integral part of the funeral cortege. While in Spain, Rider's works were exhibited at the Valencienees Court. In 1924, he moved to Los Angeles and during the 1930's maintained a studio-home in nearby Laguna Beach. For over thirty years he was one of the leading scenic artists with MGM and Fox Studios. He painted murals for the Century of Progress Expo of Chicago in 1933 and the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939. He died in Pasadena on January 1, 1975. A versatile artist, Rider excelled in painting landscapes, florals, seascapes, animals, and figures. During his last years, he specialized in architectural themes such as cathedrals and buildings with red tile roofs. Rider died in Pasadena on Jan. 25, 1975.
Palette and Chisel Club, Chicago; Academy of Western Painters; Painters and Sculptors of Los Angeles; California Art Club; Hispanic Society; Laguna Beach Art Association.
Art Institute of Chicago, 1917 (Municipal Art League Prize), 1925-29; Chicago Galleries Association, 1929 (solo); California State Fair, 1936 (Second Prize); Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939; California Art Club, 1940 (First Prize); Painters and Sculptors of Los Angeles, 1950, 1954 (First Prize), 1959; Circulo des Bellas Artes, Spain.
City of Chicago.
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.