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View of the cornice in Marseille - Jean-Baptiste Olive (1848-1936)
Ref : 69423
Period :
20th century
Artist :
Jean-Baptiste Olive (1848-1936)
Provenance :
Medium :
Oil on canvas
Dimensions :
l. 20.08 inch X H. 11.81 inch
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View of the cornice in Marseille - Jean-Baptiste Olive (1848-1936)

Jean Baptiste Olive was born in Marseille on July 31, 1848.

He began his apprenticeship with a decorator and then in the studio of Antoine Vollon where he learned to render the realism of still life.
He goes to Paris where he makes sets for the winter circus and the Sacred Heart of Montmartre.

1874: he starts at the Salon of French Artists in Paris as a painter of landscapes.

Around 1882, he settled in Paris, but the painter retains however a workshop on the Canebière, where he returns regularly. The surroundings of Marseilles and, more generally Provence, provide him with most of his subjects.

At the Salon of 1886: he obtained a medal for a landscape of Marseille, then began a great recognition of his painting marked by the bright light of the midday sun.

1899: he performs decorations for pavilions of the world exhibition.
His work is composed almost exclusively of Mediterranean landscapes, seascapes and views of the port of Marseille. A thick material, effects of light close to the Impressionists, skillful stagings characterize the art of Jean-Baptiste Olive.


Paris, Musée d'Orsay
Aix en Provence


E. Bénézit, Gründ edition, Volume 10, page 357;
Jean-Claude and Gérard Gamet: Jean-Baptiste Olive: his life, his work, Frébert edition, Marseille, 1977.

? Our painting is part of this creative process of the artist to capture the emotions of the Mediterranean Sea that is dear to him.

Olive paints a rough sea where he tries to capture his very essence to unveil a multifaceted prism of colors. The earth is present, but it is above all rock, it borders the outlines. He loves the land especially when it is battered by the waters.

He builds his painting with a concern for realism where he favors the harmony and atmosphere of the whole and neglects the perspective in the strict sense.
By a thick touch, it reflects the effects of light on the water and the sky. Through the roar of the waves, the light breaks and lets out the color that is omnipresent including in the blacks green, purple and blue.

Henry Dumoulin defines Jean-Baptiste Olive's "dazzling marines" as "vigorous canvases that sing the splendours [...] of the white rocks of our Corniche and the blue immensity of the Latin Sea. "

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20th Century Oil Painting