Lot 28
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Jacques Majorelle

50,000 - 70,000 GBP
106,250 GBP
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  • Jacques Majorelle
  • Village in the Atlas
  • signed, located, dated and dedicated au docteur Caillères / amical souvenir / 1946 / j. Majorelle  / irer noudra lower right 
  • gouache on board


Doctor Caillères, Marrakech (Majorelle's dentist and friend; a gift from the artist in 1946); thence by descent

Catalogue Note

Majorelle first set eyes on Morocco in 1917 at the age of thirty-one. Landing at Tangiers, he was immediately captivated by the country's light, atmosphere, topography and people, and would eventually spend the rest of his life there. In 1923 he began work on his villa in Marrakech, built in the Moorish style, and whose landscaped tropical gardens, restored by Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé, are now a world-famous destination.

Retracing the steps of Eugène Delacroix, the first French Orientalist to visit Morocco in 1832, Majorelle introduced a whole new pictorial language to the genre, founded on the latest artistic currents and notably the work of Henri Matisse. Adopting a fresh style and painting in plein air, he took a particular interest not only in depicting life in the Maghreb but in its architecture and landscapes. This view appears to be of the Berber village of Irhir n'Ou Dra, in the Atlas mountains to the south east of Marrakech.