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John Frost (1890-1937)

 

John Frost was born in Philadelphia in 1890, the son of a very successful illustrator, A.B. Frost.  The younger Frost first studied with his father, before heading to Paris for instruction at the Academie Julian from 1906-1908.  While in France, Frost made many painting excursions to Giverny, the impressionist colony that was home to Claude Monet.

 

In poor health, Frost sought rejuvenation in a Swiss sanitarium between the years 1912-1914.  Returning to the states after that time, John Frost established a relatively successful career in illustration in New York, before moving to California in 1919 due to his need for a healthier, drier climate.

 

Living with his family in Pasadena, Frost had the opportunity to paint on many occasions with his fatherís good friend, Guy Rose.  Like Rose, Frostís works embodied a traditionally French impressionist style, and also like Rose, Frostís works were shown to great acclaim at the Stendahl Galleries in Los Angeles.

 

His life cut short by tuberculosis, John Frost died in Pasadena at the age of 47.



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