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Ronald Olley (b.1923) - 20th Century Oil, Death at War

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An evocative and arresting work by the British listed artist Ronald Olley (b.1926), depicting soldiers in a trench, looking on to a casualty of the war. Olley used his own experience of the Second World War in his war scenes, and this is evident here, in the way he achieves an overall post-impressionist style alongside detail and drama. A sobering reflection of the reality of war.

Signed to the lower right corner.

Signed. On canvas on stretchers.


In fine condition overall. Some scuffing to the corners of the canvas. Inspection under UV light reveals no restoration.


47.8 x 58.3cm (18.8" x 23")
Sheet: 50 x 60.1cm (19.7" x 23.7")

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 km140
Artist Ronald Olley (b.1923)
Date 20th Century
Dimensions 47.8 x 58.3cm
Medium Oil
Style Postimpressionism
Subject Military
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