Julius Olsson (1864-1942)
|Artist Name||Julius Olsson (1864-1942)|
|Title||Sunlit Surf - Cornish Seascape|
|Description||This absolutely stunning British Newlyn School seascape is by noted Cornish artist Julius Olsson. Painted circa 1920 and entitled Sunlit Surf, it is a mass of foamy crashing waves, beautifully lit by sunlight with patches of brilliant green. The detail and luminosity are superb. No big rocks or distracting boats, just perfect waves and Julius Olsson at his best.
Signed lower left and inscribed to CPG.
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||30 x 20 inches|
|Frame||Housed in a beautiful original gilt swept frame, 37 inches by 27 inches and in good condition.|
|Biography||Julius Olsson RA (1864-1942) was a British maritime artist and keen yachtsman. He was born in Islington, London, to a Swedish father and an English mother. Olsson cruised with his yacht most summers, and The Studio commented: 'He knows the way from the Scillies to the Isle of Wight as most men know their way to the nearest railway station.'
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 of artists where, from circa 1890 to 1912, despite having little or no formal artistic training himself, he taught alongside Louis Grier and later Algernon Talmage. His work was first accepted at the Royal Academy in 1890, and he joined the New English Art Club in 1891. In 1912 he returned to London. During his time at St Ives, the town drew in many artists and Olsson taught many of them, 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 1914 Olsson was elected ARA.
During the First World War he served as a lieutenant in the RNVR, giving him the opportunity to paint naval ships in action. He became a full member of the RA in 1920.According to one source, in St Ives, with his artist wife Kathleen, he had designed and set up home at what was until recently (2014) the St Eia Hotel. St Eia is situated with views North to St Ives Harbour and round to the east overlooking Carbis Bay, and during their time there it was to house a studio and become a school of art.
Elsewhere it is stated that (after leaving St Ives) he married Edith Ellison in 1925. Edith was the daughter of an Irish horse breeder, and after their marriage he made frequent painting trips both to Ireland and to Sweden. In the Second World War he was bombed out of his London studio. He died at Dalkey, near Dublin, in 1942. His works may be found in museums all over the world.