A Splendid Tribute to Jacques Majorelle in Marseille

On 23 November 2020, by Philippe Dufour

Coming directly from the painter's family, several major works by Africanist painter whetted the appetites of Orientalist art lovers.

Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962), Djebel Zerhoun, Moulay Idriss, 1929, mixed media, gouache, watercolor and pencil with metallic powdered gold and silver highlights, signed and dated with the location, 47 x 62 cm (18.5 x 24.4 in).
Result: €108,704

A group illustrating the sun-drenched art of Jacques Majorelle, containing no fewer than seventeen lots, paintings and objets d'art, came from the daughter of Jean-Louis, the artist's younger son. First place went to a large panoramic view of Djebel Zerhoun, Moulay Idriss, painted in 1929, at €108,704: a just reward for this meticulous mixed media in gouache, watercolor and pencil with gold and silver metallic powder highlights; a work that is also well referenced, as it appears in the book on the painter written by Felix and Amélie Marcilhac (published by Norma, 2019, pages 131 and 295). This was followed at €101,752 by Jeunes femmes portant des dates (Young Women Carrying Dates; 74.5 x 61.5 cm/29.3 x 24.2 in), mounted on cardboard, in oil and gouache with silver metal powder highlights. Signed and dedicated "to my friend Ducrocq", this sculptural representation undoubtedly dates from his period in Black Africa. Pileuses de mil dans la palmeraie de Marrakech of c. 1947 (Millet Threshers in a Palm Grove) features a similar vision but in a more naturalistic setting. This oil on canvas is signed with its location (€65,728). Finally, Fatima nue (Fatima, nude; 56 x 43 cm/22 x 16.9 in) was painted in 1952 in Bingerville, Ivory Coast, as indicated by an inscription on the right of this mixed media, gouache and gold powder on paper, which fetched €31,600.
 

Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962), Pileuses de mil dans la palmeraie de Marrakech (Millet Threshers in a Palm Grove), c. 1947, oil on canvas,

Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962), Pileuses de mil dans la palmeraie de Marrakech (Millet Threshers in a Palm Grove), c. 1947, oil on canvas, signed with the location, 92 x 74 cm (36.2 x 29.1 in).
Result: €65,728

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