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Ronald Olley (b.1923) - 20th Century Oil, A Thoughtful Moment

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An extremely fine and engaging work by the British listed artist Ronald Olley (b.923), depicting a well-dressed elderly lady in a yellow hat, sipping coffee in an interior while pondering on a thought. The figure looks meaningfully to the distance on the left of the frame.

The artist manages to achieve an impressive sense of character in the subject, with elements of both realism and impressionistic detail. The square composition focuses the viewer, adding a distinct and purposeful immediacy. This is reflected in Olley's treatment of the background, and his fine command of the medium. An exceptional work from the artist's portfolio.

Well-presented in a painted wooden frame with gilt detail, with an overall distressed look. Signed to the lower left corner.

Signed. On board.


In fine condition overall. Inspection under UV light reveals no restoration. The frame has some minor marks commensurate with the distressed paintwork.


55 x 65cm (21.7" x 25.6")
Framed Size: 73.7 x 83.1cm (29" x 32.7")

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.

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Code km194
Artist Ronald Olley (b.1923)
Date 20th Century
Dimensions 55 x 65cm
Medium Oil
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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