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Ronald Olley (b.1923) - 20th Century Watercolour, Porte Saint-Denis, Paris

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A very fine watercolour study by listed artist Ronald Olley. Here the artist has captured the Porte Saint-Denis in Paris, which was originally a gateway through the Wall of Charles V, built between 1356 and 1383 to protect Paris.

Olley has used expressive marks and light washes of colour to produce this finely composed street scene. With touches of graphite. Well presented in a cream mount and gilt effect frame.

Signed. On wove.


With some very light areas of discolouration. Very minor marks to the edges of the frame. Overall in very good condition.


22.6 x 28cm (8.9" x 11")
Framed Size: 42.1 x 47.6cm (16.6" x 18.7")

Collection Information

Sulis Fine Art is proud to present this fine collection of works from the studio of the British artist Ronald Olley. Some of the works bear the stamp 'ORO', which stands for Owen Ronald Olley, the artist's birthname.

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Artist Biography

Ronald Olley was born in 1923, and studied at both the Harrow Art School and the Central School, London. His father served as a soldier throughout the First World War, and Olley joined the army in 1942. He witnessed the bombing of Bath, England, before being stationed at El Alamein in Egypt, and Italy.

As well as landscape and figure painting, Olley has had numerous commissions for portraits, mainly of women and children. As one of the last artists to paint World War II from personal experience, a significant part of his portfolio depicts battlegrounds and war-torn landscapes. These have been painted using significant research and photographs, alongside Olley's own knowledge of the front line.

His work has been shown at the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of British Artists, as well as in exhibitions at the Medici Gallery and at Duncan Campbell. His pictures have been bought by collectors in Europe, the USA, Australia, Africa and Japan.


Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France

More Information
Code kk707
Artist Ronald Olley (b.1923)
Date 20th Century
Dimensions 22.6 x 28cm
Framed Yes
Medium Watercolour
Style Postimpressionism
Subject Abstract
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