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Early 20th century Jean-Baptiste Olive, French Post-Impressionist oil painting on canvas. Signed in lower right in black "B. Olive" as shown. Measuring approx 24" tall x20" wide image sight size and 32" tall x 27" wide overall frame size. Jean Baptiste Olive was born in Marseille in 1848. He began his classical apprenticeship in the studio of Antoine Vollon where he learned to render the realism of still life. He went to Paris where he created decorations for the winter circus and the SacrÃ©-Coeur in Montmartre. At the age of 23, he exhibited his first landscapes at the Salon des Artistes FranÃ§ais de Paris. The painter lived between the capital and Marseille where he kept a studio on the CanebiÃ¨re. At the 1886 Salon, Jean Baptiste Olive won a medal for a landscape of Marseille. This marked the beginning of a great recognition of his painting marked by the bright light of the sun. In 1889, he executed decorations for the pavilions of the World Fair. Jean Baptiste Olive was undoubtedly one of the greatest masters of the Marseille school at the end of the 19th century, along with Paul Guigou and Adolphe Monticelli. The landscapes of Provence provided him with most of his subjects for seascapes and harbor views, but Olive also left us some beautiful still lifes. Thick subject matter, impressionistic lighting effects, and skillful staging characterize the art of this luminous painter, many of whose works are preserved in major museums
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