Herbert Arnould Olivier 1861-1952 Oil Painting - Bulgarian Peasant Women
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Herbert Arnould Olivier 1861 - 1952 Oil on canvas "Bulgarian Peasant Women" dated 1894
Well-presented oil by Herbert Arnould Olivier 1861-1952.
The painting is titled Bulgarian Peasant Women and signed and dated (1894) at bottom left.
Frame: 45cm x 54cm
Olivier was educated between 1875 and 1877 at Sherborne School, in 1922 gave his painting Easter Morn to the school. The painting was originally intended for a church in Italy but it was put in such a bad light that he refused to leave it there. He studied at the Royal Academy Schools beginning in 1881, where he won the Creswick Prize in 1882.
Olivier exhibited extensively, including the Royal Academy starting in 1883, the R. P., the R. I. and the Paris Salon. He taught at the Bombay School of Art in the 1880s. He went to Kashmir with the Duke and Duchess of Connaught in 1884. In 1885 he showed 66 of the paintings from his trip to Kashmir at the Fine Art Society. These works were considered "effective, though hard and coarse in colour" by critics. He had a one-man exhibition at the Grafton Galleries in 1908.
In 1917, Olivier was appointed an official War Artist and in 1924 he presented to the nation, for display in 'the new War Museum at South Kensington', a number of paintings, including The Supreme War Council (the original of which was given to the French Government and displayed in the Palace of Versailles), The Armistice Meeting, The Military Representatives in Conference, The Peace Signature Table, and various portraits. The paintings now form part of the collections of the Imperial War Museum. Also in the museum's collection is a doodle that British Prime Minister David Lloyd George made on a blotter at Versailles, which Olivier retrieved from the negotiating table.
Olivier was elected to the Royal Society of British Artists in 1887 and to the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours in 1929 where a major retrospective exhibition of his work was held in 1935.
He is mentioned in Mallalieu's British Watercolor Artists and Davenport's Art Reference. He may have been the H. A. Olivier whose work was reproduced in 20 colour plates for The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Historical and Descriptive, Cassell & Co. Ltd, London, 1908. His work and biography are published in The Modern British Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture, Chamont, London 1964. In later life his work tended towards large ceremonial works using oils. He gave his painting, Lord Selborne and Bishop Gore-Browne to the Athenaeum Club in 1937 where it remains prominently displayed in the Morning Room opposite Darwin.
He died in Hayling Island, Hampshire