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Ronald Olley (b.1923) - Signed & Framed c. 2000 Watercolour, Venice at Sunset

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A wonderful watercolour Venetian scene by the listed artist Ronald Olley. Here the artist has used expressive marks and bright colours to capture this sunset scene, with touches of gum arabic to achieve a beautifully rich purple. Showing a recognisable Venetian riverscape Olley returned to Venice many times, inspired by its rich artistic history and classical architecture. Inscribed on the reverse. Well presented in a double card mount and gilt effect frame. Signed. On watercolour paper.


In fine condition.


15.3 x 23.5cm (6" x 9.3")
Framed Size: 37 x 43.3cm (14.6" x 17")

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.


Venice, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Veneto, Italy

More Information
Code km187
Artist Ronald Olley (b.1923)
Date c. 2000
Dimensions 15.3 x 23.5cm
Framed Yes
Medium Watercolour
Style Impressionism
Subject Architecture & Cityscapes
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