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Ronald Olley (b.1923) - c. 2000 Oil, Soldier Resting on a Tree

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An evocative and reflective work by the British listed artist Ronald Olley (b.1926), depicting a soldier resting on a tree, perhaps reflecting on his situation. Other soldiers can be seen in the background, on the brow of a hill. The work captures all the devastation of the two World Wars and both the physical and emotional impact. 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.

Signed to both the lower right and left corners.

On board.


In fine condition overall. Some minor scuffing to the edges. Inspection under UV light reveals no restoration.


48.2 x 59.9cm (19" x 23.6")
Sheet: 55.5 x 67.1cm (21.9" x 26.4")

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 km132
Artist Ronald Olley (b.1923)
Date c. 2000
Dimensions 48.2 x 59.9cm
Medium Oil
Style Postimpressionism
Subject Military
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