The budding artist

If you are interested in drawing, painting and art, develop your creativity and artistic sensitivity by following in the footsteps of the greatest Moroccan and foreign artists in order for you to see one day maybe one of your works exhibited at a big museum

Oriental painting

In the 18th and 19th centuries, foreign artists such as Jacques Majorelle, Henry Pontoy and José Cruz-Herrera set out to find inspiration in the countries of the East, such as Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, hitherto unknown to Westerners. Seduced by the light and the new colors, they paint what they discover: the landscapes, the characters and their customs, the everyday life scenes and the local architectures.

EDOUARD EDY-LEGRAND (1892-1970) - The port of Rabat, Oil on panel, 65 x 100 cm  ALBERT RIGOLOT (1862-1932) – Arab Party, Oil on canvas, 132 x 196 cm HENRY PONTOY (1888-1968) – Women in blue, Oil on canvas, 88 x 146 cm

Moroccan abstract painting

Abstract or non-figurative art makes no reference to objects that could be identified. It uses shapes, lines and colors to express a feeling, an intention, a wish, even a message but lets the spectator free to interpret what he wants. In Morocco, artists such as Jilali Gharbaoui, Ahmed Cherkaoui, Mohammed Kacimi and Farid Belkahia are among the first abstract painters.

JILALI GHARBAOUI (1930-1971) – The eyes of Wrath, 1969,  Oil on canvas, 66 x 102 cm MOHAMED KACIMI (1942-2003) - Serie « Spirits of the body », Oil on panel, 40 x 30 cm Ahmed Cherkaoui – without title, Oil on jute canvas, 1962, 42 x 63 cm

Naïve Moroccan painting

Naïve art is generally the work of self-taught painters, that is painters who have not learned to paint in a particular art school. It represents popular subjects such as folk figures and costumes using a fairly simple painting technique, almost childlike, and extremely vivid colors. In Morocco, as early as the 1950s, artists like Mohamed Ben Allal and Ahmed Louardighi were among the first to explore naive art, and then came a great artist, Chaïbia Tallal, who gave a new boost to this painting.

CHAÏBIA TALLAL (1929-2004) – Doughnut merchant, 1988, Oil on canvas, 82 x 73 cm FATNA GBOURI (1924 - 2012) – Portrayal of Moroccan life,1991, Oil on canvas, 143 x 306 cm  MOHAMED BEN ALLAL (1928-1995) - In front of the ramparts, 1984, Oil on canvas, 81 x 100 cm
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