Albert Julius Ollson RA (British, 1846 – 1942)
Sea by moonlight
Pencil and watercolour on paper
10.1/4 x 14.3/4 in. (26 x 37.5 cm.)
Provenance: From the studio collection of the Ollson family
Albert Julius Ollsen was a British maritime artist and keen yachtsman. He exhibited a painting of Newlyn in 1887 and sold a painting at Newlyn in 1897 by then he was an important figure in the St. Ives school where from 1890 to 1912 despite having no formal training, he taught along side Louis Grier and later Algeron Talmage. His work was first accepted at the RA in 1890. In 1914 he was elected an ARA and a full member in 1920.
This is a beautiful and tranquil example of one of Ollsen's works on paper. The translucent qualities of the pink and mauve tones as the moon lights up the clouds is achieved only by a master of the art.