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An image of Turkish pots and lemons by Margaret Olley

Margaret Olley

(Australia 22 Jun 1923 – 25 Jul 2011)

Turkish pots and lemons
Place of origin
SydneyNew South WalesAustralia
Media category
Materials used
oil on hardboard

68.6 x 91.5 cm board; 78.3 x 101.0 x 3.0 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed l.r. corner, green oil "Olley". Not dated.
Gift of the artist 2001
Accession number
© Margaret Olley
Not on display
Further information

"I collect things because I might paint them. I love shapes - I wanted to be a sculptor and at first studied both sculpture and painting."

Margaret Olley, 1990

Bibliography (3)

Christine France, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Donald Friend / Margaret Olley', pg. 128-139, Sydney, 2002, 138 (colour illus.), 145, 147.

Christine France, Margaret Olley, Roseville, 1990, 120, 121 (colour illus.), 179. plate no. 30

Barry Pearce, Margaret Olley, Sydney, 1996, 88-89 (colour illus.). plate no. 52

Exhibition history (5)

Margaret Olley (1982), Holdsworth Galleries, Australia, 02 Oct 1982–20 Oct 1982

The art of Margaret Olley (1990):

Margaret Olley Retrospective (1996-97):

Parallel Visions: Twenty-two artists from the Australian collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Feb 2002–May 2003

It's all about the light: works by Margaret Olley from public collections, Tweed River Regional Art Gallery, 11 Jan 2013–18 Apr 2013