ALLARD L'OLIVIER Florent-Joseph-Fernand ('Fernand')
AFTER EDOUARD MANET’S OLYMPIA
Oil on panel: 75 x 110 cm / 29.5 x 43.3 in
Signed lower left
Painter of genre scenes, war paintings and portraits; engraver.
Fernand Allard l’Olivier was a pupil of the painter of historal subjects Jean-Paul Laurens in the Bouguereau workshop, who insisted he should paint large scale paintings, a.o. for the Quaregnon Volkshuis and the Colonial Exposition in Antwerp.
Under the influence of Jules Adler he evolved to a harsh realism, later on softened by his decorative talents. The First World War ended this inspiration, him being involved in war paintings. He became a painter of action scenes and public life and made some large compositions. In 1928 he lived in Belgian Congo for six months, collecting drawings and engravings.
Tournai 1883 - Belgian Congo 1933
Brussels - La Louvière - Mons - Tournai
La Renaissance du Livre, "Le Dictionnaire des Peintres belges du XIVe siècle à nos jours", Brussels 1995, p. 31.