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Arthur Rider (1886-1975)
Arthur Grover Rider was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1886 where he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. While an art student, Rider found work painting sets at the Chicago Lyric Opera, and would continue to paint Opera sets when he traveled to London. While in Europe Rider continued his studies at the Academies de la Grand Chaumiere and Colarossi in Paris. For nine summers Rider painted in Spain where he met his greatest influence, Joaquin Sorolla.
In 1924 Rider returned to the states, settling in southern California where for 30 years he was one of the leading scene painters in the motion picture industry. Best known for his Sorolla-inspired fishing boat scenes, Arthur Grover Rider died in Pasadena in 1975.
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