(Soignies 1902 - Granada 1992)
The Head of a Berber Man in Profile
Signed and dated Max Moreau / 1938 at the lower left.
488 x 298 mm. (19 1/4 x 11 3/4 in.) [image]
504 x 323 mm. (19 3/4 x 12 3/4 in.) [sheet]
As the 20th century art dealer and auctioneer Alphonse Bellier noted of Moreau, on the occasion of an exhibition of his Moroccan work at the Galerie Bernheim-Jeune in Paris in 1951, ‘This painter, born in the mists of Belgium, is in love with the warm lights of North Africa and, like [Albert] Marquet, although in a totally different way, he excels at rendering the violent, sometimes even trembling, beauty of Islam, asleep for centuries in a picturesque world that never disappoints. The classical purity of the Shilha people, the shops of the souks, where his love of chiaroscuro gives joy to his heart, allow him to note, in profound drawings, the history of this Islam that he loves and understands.’
Among stylistically comparable drawings by Max Moreau is a watercolour and gouache study of an Arab man, dated 1937, formerly in the collection of the Broun family at Coulston in Scotland and sold at auction in 2017, as well as a similar study of a Moroccan man playing the flute, drawn in Marrakesh in 1950, which appeared at auction in Paris in 2005 and 2007.
Anonymous sale, Brussels, Hôtel des Ventes Horta, 11 May 2015, lot 199.