On the Cowl: September 2019


Our cowl this month, Spanish Fisherman by Arthur Grover Rider, bought for $43,825 at Bonhams California and Western Work and Sculpture public sale on Aug. 6, 2019 in Los Angeles. Born in Chicago, Rider attended the Chicago Academy of Nice Arts and painted for the Chicago Lyric Opera. He then took his research and work abroad, the place he went on to dwell in Paris and London and infrequently summered in Valencia, Spain.

It was in Valencia that Rider befriended the artist Joaquin Sorolla, who would form and affect his future works. The seascapes, fishing boats and landscapes of Valencia have been featured prominently in Rider’s work. The portray that graces our cowl depicts one of many scenes from that point interval in his profession. Though Rider ultimately returned to Chicago, it appears his fondness of heat Spanish summers caught, and he ended up completely settling in California after a go to there. He would hunt down locales to color, all through the state and in close by Mexico, which reminded him of the sensible colours and lightweight he’d skilled in Spain. Rider additionally notably labored for Hollywood powerhouses Twentieth Century Fox and MGM Studios, not retiring till the age of 84. Maybe he didn’t want a lot retirement planning.


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