Guy Rose's Normandy Farm to make $500,000 at Bonhams?

A Normandy Farm by Guy Rose (1867-1925), valued at $300,000-500,000, is to lead a sale of California and Western Paintings and Sculpture at Bonhams.

The sale will take place in Los Angeles and San Francisco on August 5.

Guy Rose Normandy Farm
Guy Rose painted Normandy Farm while living in France

Rose was a leading exponent of the impressionist wave that swept California during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

As a child he taught himself to paint while recovering from a gunshot wound sustained in a hunting accident, and went on to study in Paris before returning to the US in the 1890s - where he worked as a freelance illustrator in New York.  

He would later return to France where he took up residence in Giverny in the house along from Claude Monet, with whom he maintained a close friendship.

We have this handwritten letter from Monet.

His Out to Sea, Point Lobos realised $197,000 at Heritage Auctions in November last year. His auction record stands at $1.9m, set for Owens River, Sierra Nevada, California at Sotheby's New York in 2005.

Other lots in the sale include William Wendt's Vibrant Coast, which is valued at $150,000-200,000.

Known as the "Dean of Southern California" by his peers, Wendt was a founder of the California Art Club.

The organisation was key to the development of west coast impressionism.

You can check out all our art and photography memorabilia here, including this handwritten letter by Renoir.

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