This is Herbert Rose

By Gwylym Owen

Herbert C. Rose (1890 – January 1937), an Australian painter and etcher, was born at Windsor, Melbourne, the son of George Rose, (1861–1942), an Australian photographer. He and his brothers Walter and William assisted in his father’s photographic business, and Herbert Rose well ahead studied art at the National Gallery of Victoria School from 1914 to 1918 and taking into consideration the Société des Artistes Français, a successor to the Paris Salon. He travelled to Europe, North Africa and Asia, and, according to an art critic for The Argus, he “excelled in painting eastern crowds and architecture”, was “a gifted painter in both oils and water-colours, and plus did interesting bill in etching.”. He exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts and elsewhere in Europe and the United States, and staged one-man shows in Australia. His put on an act is represented in Melbourne’s and additional Australian galleries.

Art critic Harold Brocklebank Herbert (1891–1945) described his painting of sunlight in the Sedon Galleries exhibition catalogue (1937): “His sunlight is warm and glows gone that ‘inner glow”’ that is the despair of fittingly many painters.”

Rose died at Delhi, India, from smallpox vis-а-vis the center of January 1937. ”

Reviewing a posthumous 1952 exhibition of his oil paintings, drawings and etchings at the Sedon Galleries in Melbourne, the art critic for the Australian newspaper The Age, wrote that Rose had been “an extremely intelligent academic draftsman“ with an carrying out to skilfully recommend light and incisively render architectural detail.

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