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Ronald Olley (b.1923) - Signed c. 2000 Watercolour, Mother and Child

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A charming 20th Century watercolour with acrylic detailing by the listed artist Ronald Olley, depicting skeletal figures of a mother and child in a concentration camp. This smaller painting is a prepatory study for a larger oil by the same artist. On canvas paper. Well presented in a card mount, as shown. Signed in the lower left hand corner. Signed. On watercolour paper.


There are some surface marks around the mount. Generally in good condition.


23.6 x 22.1cm (9.3" x 8.7")
Sheet: 42.7 x 38.9cm (16.8" x 15.3")

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 pp337
Artist Ronald Olley (b.1923)
Date c. 2000
Dimensions 23.6 x 22.1cm
Medium Watercolour
Style Expressionism
Subject Military
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