Rare watercolors by Arthur G. Rider (1886-1975)

We are making available to the public for the first time a collection of original watercolor paintings by early California artist Arthur Grover Rider. The paintings come from the estate of Rider’s stepson, Robert Bethea and they have been in his personal collection since 1975.

“Taxco, Mexico, Street Scene”” 17×19 in. watercolor by Arthur Rider.

Arthur  Rider was born in Chicago, traveled, studied and painted in Europe. While in Spain, Rider befriended artist Joaquin Sorolla, and they painted together on the Valencia Beach, where Rider painted his popular motifs of fishing boats on the shore, with billowing sails illuminated by the Mediterranean sunlight.

“Spanish Street Scene” 15×22 inch watercolor by Arthur G. Rider

Rider eventually settled in Laguna Beach, California and painted throughout California and Mexico, seeking locales which would remind him of the color and light in Spain. The locales of this collection of watercolor paintings include Europe, California and Mexico.

“Laguna Canyon”  15×22 in. watercolor by Arthur G. Rider
“Church in Mexico” 17×22 inch watercolor by Arthur G. Rider

The paintings are being held privately and are available for sale for a limited time.  Please call Lu Martin Galleries at 949-494-8074 for more information or to schedule a viewing.

“Pont Neuf, Paris” (circa 1950) 13×16 in watercolor by Arthur G. Rider
“Mexico” (circa 1960) 14×21 inch watercolor by Arthur G. Rider.
“Tropic and Skylark (Newport Beach, California)” 14×21 inch watercolor by Arthur G. Rider
“Taxco Church” 22×24 inch watercolor by Arthur G. Rider


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