Julius Olsson R.A.1864 - 1942
Moonlit SurfStock code: S4604
Oil on Canvas
20 x 24 ins / 50.8 x 61 cms
Price category: B: £5,000 - £10,000
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In the last decade of the 19th century he was an important figure in the St Ives school of artists where, between 1890 and 1912, he taught alongside Louis Grier and Algernon Talmage and Arnesby Brown. For these artists, the figurative painting favoured by the nearby Newlyn School was very much secondary to the beauty of the sea and its changing character. Olsson first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1890, and he joined the New English Art Club in 1891. During his time at St Ives, Olsson taught numerous artists, including Mary McCrossan and Richard Hayley Lever, Reginald Guy Kortright, Emily Carr, John Anthony Park, Charles David Jones Bryant, Robert Borlase Smart and many others. In 1912 he returned to London and in 1914 Olsson was elected ARA. During the First World War he served as a lieutenant in the RNVR, and in 1920 became a full member of the RA .
After his London studio was bombed, he moved with his Irish wife Edith Ellison to Dalkey, near Dublin, where he died in 1942.
His work is represented in many museums including:
Bristol City Art Gallery, Cardiff: National Museums and Galleries of Wales, Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum, Liverpool: Walker Art Gallery, London: National Maritime Museum, London: Leighton House, London: Royal Academy, London: Tate Britain