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 John Frost  (1890 - 1937)

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Lived/Active: New York/California      Known for: desert landscape and genre painting

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BIOGRAPHY for John Frost
1890 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
1937 (Pasadena, California)

New York/California

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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." (Moure 165). 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.

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.

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 Other Media"

Biography from Lawrence Beebe Fine Art:
John Frost was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 14, 1890. Frost trained under his famous father, Arthur B. Frost, as an illustrator and later at the Academie Julian under Richard Miller and Jean Paul Laurens.

For reasons of health, Frost decided to relocate to Pasadena, California in 1918. A highly respected artist, Frost glorified the California landscape with atmospheric and impressionistic renderings of the Sierra Nevada mountains, sunsets, meadows, the small town of Lone Pine, California, shacks in Palm Springs, the arid California desert with pink verbenia flowers and the coastal sand dunes near Carmel.

Frost exhibited and sold his paintings at the Stendahl Gallery that was located at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. He was a member of the California Art Club, Painters and Sculptors of Los Angeles and the Pasadena Society of Fine Arts. He was awarded the Gold Medal at the Painters and Sculptors in 1924.

His works can be found in the Garden High School collection, the Irvine Museum collection, Irvine, California and important private collections.

John Frost died at the young age of forty-seven in Pasadena, California on June 5, 1937.

Biography from William A. Karges Fine Art - Carmel:
John Frost was born in Philadelphia in 1890, the son of the famous American Illustrator, Arthur B. Frost. John studied art with his father, and in Paris at the Academie Julian.

Frost was working as a successful illustrator in New York when he left for the warmer climate of Pasadena, California.

John Frost’s works were painted in a very pure impressionist style, and were shown at the prestigious Stendahl Gallery in the Ambassador Hotel. His California paintings are primarily Sierra Mountain and desert scenes.

Biography from Edenhurst Gallery (Artists A to L):
John Frost, born in Philadelphia in 1890, was the son of the famous American Illustrator Arthur B. Frost. He studied art with his father and then in Paris with notable French and Italian masters. A sickly man, he spent time in a Swiss sanitarium to combat tuberculosis. Coming to Pasadena, California in the late teens to recuperate in a dry climate, he brought with him his French-style impressionism and poetically interpreted the California landscape, especially the desert. He died in Pasadena in 1937 and is considered a follower of Guy Rose.

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