The French artist Jacques Majorelle was born in 1886 in Nancy and died in 1962 in Paris, but the most productive period of his life were the three decades he spent in voluntary exile in Marrakech.
Although his artworks, depicting scenes from Moroccan everyday life, markets, folk festivals and rituals, were forgotten after his death, they have become very popular over the last decade. The renewed interest culminated at a small, special exhibition at the Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech (mYSLm) this October.
It was the famous fashion designer who bought Majorelle’s deserted estate “Jardin Majorelle” in the former Moroccan capital in 1980, restored it and turned it into a visitor attraction.
After his death, Yves Saint Laurent had his ashes scattered in the gardens.
Colors and shapes of North Africa
Eleven of Majorelle’s paintings are part of the double auction “Majorelle and his contemporaries” and “African Spirit” taking place simultaneously on December 30