Gottfrid Olsson

La Ciotat

Gottfrid Olsson

La Ciotat

This charming mid-20th-century gouache by Swedish artist Gottfrid Olsson (1890-1979) depicts a colourful street in La Ciotat, France.

Situated in Provence, La Ciotat is a quaint 17th-century coastal town with a rich history. It’s close to Marseille but much quieter than its neighbouring city. A perfect Summer escape for artists seeking to work under radiant Mediterranean skies.

Gottfrid Ernst Julius Olsson was an accomplished painter of landscapes, coastal scenes and still lifes. Hailing from the proud region of Skåne, his spirited depictions of Scanian scenery and everyday life were popular with the local public. He trained at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts and soon began exhibiting with Skåne's art association. During the early part of his career, his style, particularly his enamel-like colouring, caused quite a sensation.

In 1923, a critic described him as “a personality who has something of his own to say, who takes art seriously and does not want to appear without the most thorough preparations.”

Aside from his local views, he also sought inspiration abroad, travelling to France, Italy, Germany and Holland. His works are held in numerous public collections including at Malmö Museum.

You can almost hear the hooves on the cobbles as they clatter down the street.

Signed/dated/inscribed in the lower right. Framed and glazed.

Learn more about Gottfrid Olsson in our directory.

Medium: Gouache on paper
Overall size: 28½” x 24½” / 73cm x 62cm
Year of creation: 1948
Provenance: Private collection, Sweden.
Condition: Assessed and approved by our conservator.
Our reference: BRV1764

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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