Arthur Dominique Rozaire (Rosaire) was born in Montreal, Canada on January 17, 1879 to Dominique Joseph Francois Rosaire, a decorative designer, and Mary Hammall. Rozaire attended the Quebec Council of Arts and Manufactures at Monument National. There he studied under Edmond Dyonnet. Upon graduation, Rozaire continued his studies at the Art Association of Montreal (AAM). Rozaire again studied under respected Canadian artists William Brymner and Maurice Cullen. Rozaire specialized in landscape paintings and developed quickly into a skillful painter. His first exhibition was at the Montreal Spring Shows in 1900. His paintings remained on display at the exhibition until 1907. Rozaire did not always spell his last name with a "z." In the 1900 Spring Show catalogue his name was misprinted. They used a "z" in his name instead of an "s." From that point on he signed his name on his canvases as Rozaire. During this time he met Margaret I. Stroud and married her on January, 15, 1903. In 1907, Rozaire's artwork was showcased at the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA). In 1915, he was elected by special invitation to be an Associate of the RCA. Within three years the academy acquired three of his canvases, thus furthering his reputation as an esteemed artist. Despite being very successful in Canada, Rozaire moved with his wife and five children to Los Angeles in 1917. He was dealing with declining health due to tuberculosis and was looking for a warm and sunny climate that would be better for his health. In addition, Los Angles was thriving as an art community and was attracting artists from around the world. Rozaire was immediately accepted by the art community and the art critic Anthony Anderson listed Rozaire as one of the most celebrated Californian artists of the day. Rozaire was active in art circles around the area and served as a judge for the California Art Club, while at the same time participating in exhibits at RCA. On February 26, 1922, at the age of forty-three, Rozaire developed pneumonia and died, leaving his wife and six children. In only a few years, Rozaire's reputation as one of the leading landscape painters of Canada was established. He was an impressionist who painted small poetic landscapes of Canada and southern California. Rozaire's work is still represented in the following collections: National Gallery of Canada, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Art Gallery of Hamilton, and the California Art Club.
Scope and Content
The Artwork series is arranged alphabetically and contains exhibition catalogs, article clippings, fliers, publications, and brochures. For the most part, there are two groupings for each of these categories, one that revolves around Arthur Rozaire and the other which mentions fellow artists. The exhibition catalogs span from 1919-1921. Rozaire's works were showcased at both the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in Canada and the Museum of History, Science and Art in Los Angeles. The fliers, brochures, and publications publicize Rozaire's upcoming exhibitions. There is a large gap in the time span among the Rozaire clippings. Most of the clippings are from 1908-1922 when Rozaire was alive. Margaret Rozaire saved these clippings and her grandson, Charles, fashioned a scrapbook out of them. The next group of clippings was collected by Charles and range from 1988-1998. The focus of these clippings was articles that mentioned his grandfather and any exhibitions in which his art was to be displayed. The items relating to Butterfield & Butterfield include a contract that Charles Rozaire signed with the auctioneer house to sell some of his grandfather's paintings, receipts, and sell notices when items sold. The Genealogy series is arranged alphabetically and includes article clippings from newspapers and other publications mentioning family members, the diary of Jerome Caldwell, genealogical charts and tables revolving around the family's history. There is also an autograph book kept by Clara Caldwell dated 1887, certificates for Jerome Caldwell to teach first and second grade in the 1870s, funeral programs, financial records, and a location notice from various Caldwell and Rozaire family members. The Correspondence series is arranged alphabetically by author and includes letters to and from Rozaire and his family members. Since the papers span multiple generations, the correspondence range from 1896-1999. A large number of the letters are from colleagues and friends sent to Margaret after Rozaire's death. The correspondence from the latter half of the 20th century revolves around Arthur Rozaire's grandson, Charles Rozaire, who conducted genealogy research, set up exhibits with gallery's showing his grandfather's work, and discussed with Butterfield & Butterfield the selling of some of his grandfather's paintings. Correspondents include Dana Bartlett, and Eric Brown. The Photograph series is arranged alphabetically and includes tin types, prints, and slides taken by various family members throughout the decades [ca. 1882-1972]. There are a few images of Rozaire family trips taken to Universal City, Malibu, and Arizona. There are also some older images of the Caldwell and the Vrooman family members. The Ephemera series is arranged alphabetically and includes an old 1896 El Roi-Tan cigar box, postcards with pictures of Alaska, Arizona, Lake Joseph, Studio of Westinghouse Radio Broadcasting Station KDKA, and Bobbs Art Gallery, Chinese dader-cuts, a Chinese zodiac chart, miscellaneous notes, and leaflets from West Hollywood Avenues of Art & Design and the Smithsonian. The glass negatives are images of various Rozaire family members and Arthur Rozaire's paintings ca. 1900s.
The Rozaire papers document multiple generations of the Rozaire family from 1839-2004. The Rozaire papers are arranged in the following series: 1. Artwork (Boxes 1-2); 2. Genealogy (Box 3); 3. Correspondence (Box 4); 4. Photographs (Box 5); 5. Ephemera (Box 5); 6. Glass negatives (Box 6).