I have just finished reading “Margaret Olley” by Barry Pearce. It is a beautiful hardcover book containing many, many Margaret Olley paintings, several essays about her, and interviews with Margaret Olley on her painting process. The book was a very generous gift from my stepmother (for my birthday and Christmas this year!) and I was thrilled to receive it.
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There have been several other books about Margaret Olley but I love that this goes into why and how she painted; that she was inspired by Morandi, Chardin, Manet, Matisse, to name a few; that she spoke her mind; and that she painted some wonderful still lifes and interiors, some of which I had not seen before.
She is a real inspiration and I know I am going to spend many hours poring over this book.