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

20th Century



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


  • Creator
    Ronald Olley
  • Creation Year
    20th Century
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29.02 in. (73.7 cm)Width: 32.72 in. (83.1 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    In fine condition overall. Inspection under UV light reveals no restoration. The frame has some minor marks commensurate with the distressed paintwork.
  • Gallery Location
    Bradford on Avon, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: km1941stDibs: LU88134323622

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