JEAN-BAPTISTE OLIVE | View from the Cliffs, Marseilles, France
17" x 21½" / 43cms x 55cms
Oil on Canvas
- Jean-Baptiste Olive is greatly favoured for his dazzling marine paintings of the sea, its shores and ports, captured in a diffusion of bright light inspired by the intensity of the southern French sun of his childhood in Marseille. Olive travelled extensively in France and northern Italy, but it was the particular atmospheres of Venice, Genoa and Treport in Normandy that led to a more mature style with subtle shading and soft colouring. Following his studies at the cole des Beaux-Arts de Marseille, Olive travelled to Paris and became immersed in the bohemian circle of artists and writers that lived around Montmartre. Olive exhibited in the Paris Salons and received numerous awards for his vibrant and colourful landscapes, becoming a member of the Socit des Artistes Franais in 1881, a year which marked the beginning of a long and successful artistic career.
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