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Albert Julius Olssen, 1864-1942

Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 1864
Place of Birth: London
Date of Death: 1864
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Identity:

Albert Julius ('Julius') Olsson was a coastal and landscape painter, born of a Swedish father and English mother.

Life:

Olsson, who painted mainly coastal scenes and sea studies in an impressionist manner comparable to that of Henry Moore, exhibited with the Royal Academy from 1890. He also exhibited with the Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Fine Art Society, Grosvenor Gallery, New Gallery, New English Art Club, Royal Society of British Artists and International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, which formed with JW as its President in 1898. His Moonlit Shore was purchased by the Chantrey Bequest in 1911.

Olsson joined the Royal Society of British Artists in 1890, two years after JW was forced to resign as its President, and the New English Art Club in 1891. In 1897 he was elected to the membership of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, and was appointed its President in 1920. In addition, he was elected an associate of the Royal Academy in 1914, becoming a full member in 1920. In 1926 he was awarded honorary membership of the Royal Miniature Society.

Bibliography:

Wood, Christopher, Dictionary of Victorian Painters, Woodbridge, 1971; Johnson, J., and A. Gruetzner, Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Woodbridge, 1980; http://www.getty.edu/research (accessed 2003).