Project Description

Moroccan Orientalism: Magic and Mystery in Moorish Morocco

  • Tuesday 14 January 2020 at 10:30

  • Venue: The Danish Club, Mijas

  • Lecturer: Dr. Helen Sijsling

  • Members: 8 Euros Pay at Door
    Non-Members: 10 Euro Pay at Door

In this lecture we will learn about Moroccan Orientalism through the works of the western artists who went to Morocco and fell in love with it at first sight. Why? – The colour and light, the vibrant vitality, the power and intensity, the smells, the horses, the landscape and the people. The exotic and erotic: steaming Turkish baths and beautiful naked women (the harem) all set fire to the imagination. Artists such as Matisse went there for long periods.  Also Delacroix, John Sargent, Kees van Dongen, Pierre Blanchard and personalities such as Winston Churchill, Yves Saint Laurent, Tennessee Williams and Mark Twain.  Delacroix arriving in Tangier was ecstatic: “I see Goya everywhere around me. It is a place made for painters, vivid and impressive. It is a magical world full of suggestiveness”.

About the Lecturer

Helen Sijsling MA (born in Australia, lived in the Netherlands, lives in Spain), MA History of Art (University of Leyden), MA English Literature (Universities of Leyden and Oxford) and MA Educational Management (University of Amsterdam).  Helen taught English for the first part of her career to later become management consultant on education, advising secondary schools on educational improvement and training teachers and managers in The Netherlands and the Antilles. Helen is presently Chairman of The Arts Society in Nerja and has lectured to The Arts Societies in Spain and other societies including the Nerja History Group and Capistrano on many different subjects. Being Dutch and living in Spain, she specialises in Spanish / Moorish art and Dutch art.