Lot 27
  • 27

Herbert Arnould Olivier

20,000 - 30,000 USD
22,500 USD
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  • Herbert Arnould Olivier
  • Love and Purity
  • signed H.A. Olivier. (lower right) 
  • oil on canvas


The symbolism of pure white lilies and deep red roses suggest the present work’s title of Love and Purity. Trained at the Royal Academy, where he exhibited almost every year from 1881 to 1944, Herbert Arnould Olivier’s oeuvre is notable in its variety: from the present work’s classically inspired allegorical theme to his series of military portraits made after his appointment as Official War Artist in 1917.  The plaque on the present work’s frame suggests that Love and Purity was perhaps given to an alumnus of the Sherborne School in Dorset where the artist's Easter Morn, the Resurrection (1904-05) hangs in the chapel. The religious allusions in Olivier’s work may be influenced by the clergymen in his family including his father and brother whose son was the celebrated actor Sir Laurence Olivier.