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 world famous.
Following in the footsteps of the great Orientalist painters, Majorelle introduced a whole new pictorial language to the genre, founded on the latest artistic currents and notably the work of fellow painter Henri Matisse. Adopting a fresh style and painting en plein air, he took a particular interest in the local people, their costumes, and their traditions.
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