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 Arthur Grover Rider  (1886 - 1975)

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Lived/Active: California/Illinois      Known for: fishing boats, seascapes, landscape

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Arthur Grover Rider
from Auction House Records.
Bringing in the boats, Valencia, c. 1921
Artwork images are copyright of the artist or assignee
This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Chicago, IL on March 21, 1886. Rider received his early training at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. In his student years he painted for the Chicago Lyric Opera and later traveled to Europe. While living in London, he painted for the London Opera at Covent Garden. He further studied at Académies de la Grande-Chaumiére 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 cortége. While in Spain, Rider's works were exhibited at the court of Valencia. Trips were made to California during the 1920s before settling in Laguna Beach in 1931. 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 GGIE of 1939. A versatile artist, he excelled in painting florals, landscapes, seascapes, animals, and figures. During his last years he made trips to Taxco, Mexico and specialized in architectural themes such as cathedrals and buildings with red tile roofs. Rider died in Pasadena on Jan. 25, 1975. Member: Palette & Chisel Club (Chicago); Academy of Western Painters (LA); Hispanic Society; Laguna Beach AA. Exh: AIC, 1917 (prize), 1923 (prize), 1925, 1929; Hickox Studios, 1924; Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1927-59 (prizes); Long Beach Public Library, 1928; Chicago Galleries Ass'n, 1929 (solo); Calif. State Fair, 1936 (2nd prize); GGIE, 1939; Calif. Art Club, 1940 (1st prize); Ebell Club (LA), 1942; Athletic Club (Hollywood), 1947; Circulo des Bellas Artes (Spain). In: Irvine (CA) Museum; Orange Co. (CA) Museum; Chicago Municipal Collection; Fleischer Museum (Scottsdale).
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Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Interview with the artist or his/her family; California Impressionism (Wm. Gerdts & Will South); American Art Annual 1931; WW in America, 1931; Who's Who in American Art 1940.
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

Biography from DeRu's Fine Arts:
A.G. Rider was born in Chicago Illinois on March 21, 1886. Rider received his early training at the Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago. In his student years he painted for the Chicago Lyric Opera and later 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 where he met Joaquin Sorolla who greatly influenced his work. They painted together on the Valencian Beach. When Sorolla died in 1923, Rider was an integral part of the funeral cortege.

In 1924 Rider 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 Exposition in Chicago in 1933 and the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939. A versatile artist, Rider excelled in painting fishing boats, seascapes, landscapes, florals, animals and figures. A.G. Rider died in Pasadena on January 1, 1975.

Biography from William A. Karges Fine Art - Beverly Hills:
Arthur Rider was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1885, where he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts.
While learning his craft, Rider earned a living painting for opera companies in Chicago and London.
He attended the Academies Julian and Colarossi in Paris, and spent many summers painting in
Spain, where he met Joaquin Sorolla, a major influence in his work. Rider moved to southern
California in 1924, where he exhibited extensively, and was a highly sought scene painter for
Hollywood studios. Rider died in Pasadena in 1975.

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