Thursday, March 9, 2017
In 2014, I was contacted by a lady researching Dorothy Stevens, a Toronto artist during the same time that my grandfather lived in Toronto. She provided a link to a published article about an exhibit for the Ontario Society of Artists. It describes Marcel Olis as having entered both Sculptures & Paintings into the exhibit.
The article was published in "American Art News" on April 10, 1915.
The article describes his paintings as "full of characteristic vivacity and imagination." As a sculptor, the article mentions that "he is worthy of note and should be a welcome addition to local artists' ranks."
The article reminded me that Marcel was a pupil of Gaston La Touche (1854 - 1913). According to Wikipedia, La Touche made the acquaintance of Edgar Degas and Edouard Manet between 1877 - 1879.
Here is the article by Irene B. Wrenshall
Since starting to write about my grandfather, I have been fortunate enough to have been contacted by people all around the world who knew him. Many of them have sent me pictures of his work. I wanted to share them with you over the next several posts.
These 4 paintings were discovered in either Canada or Washington at an estate sale. Larry Mroczek of the Mroczek Brothers Auctioneers informed me about the sale. They were sold at live auction on August 23rd, 2012. Here is a link to the auction site: https://new.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/31441_fine-art-asian-silver-and-20th-c-auction
I would love to hear from the new owners of these paintings!