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Jardin Majorelle....Incredible Discoveries!

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There were two incredible discoveries here. One is the garden, which you will see is quite astonishing. The other is the artist himself. Jacques Majorelle. Until last week I don’t think I had even heard of him, and I did A level art at school. I cannot believe it as looking at his works on the internet, he could turn out to be my favourite artist ever!! Here’s a taster….

but honestly, if you’re interested in Art, google his images!…and here’s a little bit of info. for background.

From Wickipedia…
Jacques Majorelle (March 7, 1886 – October 14, 1962), son of the celebrated Art Nouveau furniture designer Louis Majorelle, was a French painter. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Nancy in 1901 and later at the Académie Julian in Paris with Schommer and Royer.
In 1919 he went to Marrakech, Morocco to recover from heart problems. He returned to France in 1962 after a car incident and died later that year of complications from his injuries.
His biggest art work is said to be Majorelle Garden which he created in 1924. A special colour of blue which he used extensively in the garden is named after him, Majorelle Blue.

Now, upon entering the garden we find the first of the many water features, leading to the huge Bamboo planting…huge in that the area of Bamboo is expansive, but also, the varieties of bamboo are huge in themselves, growing taller than many trees, and creating a cool canopy of green which filters the sunlight without giving a ‘closed-in’ effect.

Pots are used fairly extensively in the gardens, and all are painted ‘Majorelle Blue’, Yellow or bright Terracotta.

Water Features are another of the main components of the ‘composition’ of Majorelle’s ‘paradise’.

After Majorelle’s death, the garden was bought and restored by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge. There is a memorial to YSL in the garden…

The main architectural feature of the garden is the Artist’s studio, painted in his particular shade of blue, and now housing a Berber museum which we did not investigate….another time…..

On to the planting….there is not a huge amount of flower at this time of year…it may change with the seasons of course…but there are incredible observations of form, texture, colour, and of course light. Bamboo, Cacti and Palms are used extensively throughout, and the most evident climbers are Jasmine and Bougainvillea.

What I noticed about the plantings, especially after looking at my photos on here, is that the artist was focusing very much on form, texture and the effect of sunlight on plants. And I suppose, when you think about it, this is what makes an ’artist’s garden’ as opposed to a plantswoman’s or a horticulturists’ garden. :)

You will have noticed that most of the plantings are set amongst softly coloured gravel which is meticulously raked by the gardeners to maintain the contrast of plant and landscape, and gives a clean line everywhere, adding to the ‘designed’ feel of the space.

One of the striking things about Marrakech in general is the attention to detail in furnishing and architectural decor. The garden is full of beautiful symmetrical patterns and decorative windows etc. which is typical of the national Islamic-Art style, and quite beautiful.

One of the most striking things about this garden, for me, was the sound of birdsong everywhere. We didn’t see many of the ‘musicians’ but here is one who kept popping up and sipping nectar where he could…

Bold architectural forms are everywhere….in the actual structures, but also in the plantings…

The words that sum up this garden for me are Blue, Bold and Birdsong! It is definitely as representative of Jacques Majorelle’s artistry as Givenchy is of Monet’s, and deserves to be as famous, as does the artist himself! :) I hope you will have the opportunity to visit some day, and be inspired.

This was the place I chose to spend part of my birthday and I’m so glad I experienced it and discovered Jaques Majorelle and his incredible blue! :)

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What an amazingly beautiful Garden, I just love all the fasicnating plants, shapes Textures and that incredible Majorelle Blue, I havent heard ofJacques Majorelle before but he is not a name I will forget, Im off now to look at some more of his work, Thanks Karen for introducing him and what a lovely way to spend your birthday! [belated birthday wishes to you;0)).

24 Mar, 2013

bjs
Bjs
 

Spectacular It looks pretty extensive is it,The right type of garden in the right place,would not be much good to try and reproduce it in the UK although some have tried.
B

24 Mar, 2013

 

Karen how lovely for you to have your birthday here .

So pretty and amazing blue.

24 Mar, 2013

 

Wonderful gardens and fabulous photography, what a lovely place to spend your birthday, so glad you had such a good time!

24 Mar, 2013

 

That reoccurence of blue is spectacular,Karen.......what a place to visit on your birthday.Lovely blog.

24 Mar, 2013

 

Beautiful, stunning and amazing; fabulous photos and what a brilliant place for you to spend your birthday, especially as you love blue so much!

24 Mar, 2013

 

superb garden !! cactus and the heavenly looking bamboos -0 love the little birdie :)) of course too I love the blueness of it !!!

24 Mar, 2013

 

Wow Karen its fantastic and a birthday treat that you will always remember, how could anyone forget such a spectacular garden as that, I'm pleased you enjoyed your day, your photo`s are lovely thankyou for sharing.......

24 Mar, 2013

 

Thanks everyone, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Brian, I absolutely agree. This is a Moroccan garden, definitely not a Scottish one!

24 Mar, 2013

 

wonderfull blog and photos karen, would love to be able to visit one day, love the blue and that painting, im going to check out his work now, beautifull gardens, wouldnt it be lovely to be able to have a garden like that in uk, not possible though unfortunatly :o)), welcome home karen xx

24 Mar, 2013

 

Really lovely Karen, great pics and fab garden.thanks

24 Mar, 2013

 

What a wonderful place to spend your birthday Karen. Blocks of bold colour always look great in the 'right place' I think - and this is exactly the 'right place'.
The gardens are stunning and thank you for sharing with us!

24 Mar, 2013

 

Fascinating. I love the way the strong colours, especially the blue, so intense, harmonize beautifully with the plants, bringing all the shades of green together. Beautiful textures and shapes too.
Thank you for sharing, really eye-catching images.

24 Mar, 2013

 

K have added it to my favourites, so that I can go back from time to time to just gaze at it all, such amazing planting schemes, and stunning plants, loved it all, what a lucky girl to spend part of your birthday there, simply wonderful, your blog was worth waiting for....but, then I just knew it would be.

24 Mar, 2013

 

What an absolute pleasure it was to look at your blog how lucky you were to spend your birthday there and what an artist ! That blue .....

24 Mar, 2013

 

Been there, seen it, got the tick! Yes, Karen, I agree that it is a truely wonderful garden and I am pleased that it is still properly maintained.

24 Mar, 2013

 

Thanks everyone. Tbh I wouldn't particularly want a garden like that myself. Perhaps I am more of a plantswoman than an Artist, though I am neither! But I love my roses, clematis and the huge variety of plants we can grow in the UK. I love the fact that each season brings a different garden here. I also wonder if I would get tired of that blue after a little while :)

24 Mar, 2013

 

Such a stunning garden Karen, the vivid Mediterranean colours sing in it's climate, what a wake up call after the long monochrome winter were still having here! Like you I studied A level art and no, never heard of him before, never too late to discover though...:)) hope you had a smashing birthday too!

24 Mar, 2013

 

Thanks Janey...yes, isn't it exciting when you find something really amazing and beautiful ...like an artist you don't know....for the first time! :)

24 Mar, 2013

 

Well that is most definitely blue! Amazing gardens and I just love that first pic of the painting..very evocative. So glad you had. Good birthday treat!

24 Mar, 2013

 

:) Thanks Lulu!

24 Mar, 2013

 

That's stunning, Karen. What a treat. Is fabulous to be able to 'visit' somewhere beyond the physical capability. My heart is singing. Thank you for sharing that and teaching us (me) something beautiful x

24 Mar, 2013

 

What a fascinating place, Karen! I agree that it is very much of its place, as many gardens are, and that blue is extremely vibrant! Some fantastic shapes and contrasts there, though. I love some of those large succulents, especially contrasted with that immaculate gravel.

24 Mar, 2013

 

Happy belated birthday, Karen! :-))

You chose a wonderful place to spend it in. Not very different to our gardens really, is it? Haha. Not much!!!

Like you, I wonder if I'd get weary of all that blue eventually, but what an experience!

24 Mar, 2013

 

Thank you all. Minihoney.....that is a really great response, thank you so much! :)

Barbara and Melchi, it isn't my kind of place either tbh....what I mean is, it was really impressive, beautiful and incredible....but it didn't have the effect on me that it has on Minihoney! I wish it had, but no cigar...it didn't make my heart sing..perhaps I should try Givenchy!

24 Mar, 2013

 

Now, the paintings.....there's a different thing!! :))

24 Mar, 2013

 

Funny you should say that, because Givenchy was a total delight - I didn't want to leave it. I kept saying 'Wow'! there. I'd love to go again. <sigh>.

25 Mar, 2013

 

:) ...one day....one day. I am fed up asking my OH to go back to France. I love it so much, but it doesn't interest him for some reason...perhaps because he has been many times on childhood holidays (he has family there). I could happily live there. I love their rural markets and culture. It's not perfect of course, but so beautiful!

25 Mar, 2013

 

Oh my I now love BLUE!! and CACTI!! those plants and structures are amazing. I too love to see but would not cope with something so clean and laid down so precisely.
The garden looks fantastic though, a really good place to spend a special birthday. Must look the artist up thanks for posting these beautiful pictures Karen. Think I would like the French gardens and the market towns too. Lovely place though, very artistic.

25 Mar, 2013

 

Hywel can't have seen this yet he will think this is heavenly. I love that big bed of Clivias. I remember the long channels of water in a garden at Chelsea had everyone oohing and aahing, me included and now we see nothing is new. The blue does not do it for me on a cold winters morning. I'll put it in favorites so I can cool down on a hot day in summer.lol. Glad you had a great birthday.

25 Mar, 2013

 

Thank you both! Mum, you could go to France...Eurotunnel! :) Glad you enjoyed it Scotsgran :)

25 Mar, 2013

 

A lovely treat and such a change from snow Karen, Beautifully captured. Like you, I wouldn't wish for this sort of garden, but it doesn't mean I can't appreciate its 'different' beauty:-)

25 Mar, 2013

 

Exactly! BA, thank you!

25 Mar, 2013

 

amazing blog very fantastic Karen!!!!

25 Mar, 2013

 

Thank you Junna! :))

25 Mar, 2013

 

Wonderful garden that blue is fantastic colour and the planting is amazing.Looks like you haqd an amazing time

25 Mar, 2013

 

We did enjoy our holiday Mushy, thanks! :)

25 Mar, 2013

 

What a stunning place,Karen..I love every photo ,and also love that beautiful shade of blue..on the other hand,I think it would be something you would tire of eventually..but it looks right in that setting,and Country..so beautiful,and I would love to wander around that garden.. thanks for sharing with us,and glad you had a lovely birthday :o)

25 Mar, 2013

 

Absolutely stunning! Needless to say this will be a birthday to remember! The photography is fantastic .Thankyou so much for showing all of this. I don't expect to ever go any where like this , but I really enjoyed seeing your day out!

25 Mar, 2013

 

WoW Amazing, design and plants alike, The pic with the big settee and the 3 windows (so simple) but stunning is beautifull and no plants!
The Blue is perfect for Morocco along with the terracotta pots and hard landscaping, just beautifull.
Great blog and pics Karen, took me away for a while into the sunshine sigh :)

25 Mar, 2013

 

Its a breathtaking beautiful garden to go see and admire but it is one that I couldn`t live with permanently, however, looking thru your stunning photos has definitely relieved the monotony of our snowy white landscape.
I can imagine what a wonderful Birthday you had.

25 Mar, 2013

 

Thanks everyone....I'm just back from Glamis. It was heavy snow showers and little for us to do really, so we did a bit, then gave up and came home after we'd had a chat and eaten our lunch. That holiday seems like ages ago now.

26 Mar, 2013

 

thank you Ks6 you have made my day. that has to be the most amazing space i have ever seen....still dealing with the blueness.....but i could deal with it because of all the amazing plants. glad you had a great birthday..:-)

28 Mar, 2013

 

Into my favourities pronto. I am going to make part of my container garden into a Hardy Plants Uk lookalike.
Which will be fun.
Now have to hunt for the right shade of blue paint !
Thank you KS for sharing your wonderful holiday with us all. One of the great joys of Goy.

29 Mar, 2013

 

Look forward to seeing that Diane, and thanks everyone...I'm ever so glad I did this blog....you've all got a lot of pleasure from it, which is lovely! That's what I love most about Goy...the chance to share the special things about our love of gardens and plants! :))

29 Mar, 2013

 

I have a 12 year old dead Apple tree trunk. With Iris plants growing around the base.
Am now thinking of painting it with this wonderful blue colour to make a centrepiece to see from my (upstairs flat) kitchen window on dull days. With a couple of small containers ditto a distance away. These bright colours in a garden need seperate space of their own.
It will certainly amuse the neighbours !
Thanks again KS.

30 Mar, 2013

 

Wonderful blog, Karen ... definitely one to put on my favourites ... I could almost feel the warmth coming through the screen! Love it ... :o)

31 Mar, 2013

 

Thanks Shirley and Diane!

31 Mar, 2013

 

Excellent work & well reseached, Karen!
I've heard the name of the colour before, but was unaware of it's origins.
Blimey, I'm picking up an education on Goy. Lol.
Top marks!
P.S. Belated birthday greetings.
What, not even one measly slice of cake left for a starving old man?

1 Apr, 2013

 

:))) thanks Mouldy!

1 Apr, 2013

 

I'll take that as a no, then. :-(

1 Apr, 2013

 

Correct...there was no cake. I know, unbelievable though that seems......cake, nada, nul points, ne rien, not a crumb. It's a sad world. :(

1 Apr, 2013

 

Hang on & I'll dust off my violin. Lol.

3 Apr, 2013

 

It'll need more than a quick squeak on a dusty violin to make up for that Mouldy! ;)

3 Apr, 2013

 

I have added your blog to my favourites Karen, so that I can look at it more often.....FABULOUS.

6 Apr, 2013

 

Have put this blog on my favourites as well, really is stunning, hard to take it all in, at one go.......Hywel should see those Cacti, he does not know what he is missing......

6 Apr, 2013

 

Thank you both!

7 Apr, 2013

 

I was thinking you could clobber whoever forgot our cake with it.
Blood's easier to wipe off, if there's no dust involved. Lol.

8 Apr, 2013

 

What are you thinking Mouldy? Violence against a musical instrument! Nope, a baseball bat is a much better option!

9 Apr, 2013

 

Murderous wee creature. Lol.

10 Apr, 2013

 

:)

10 Apr, 2013

 

Right, I'm off to play Doodle jump! ;-)

12 Apr, 2013

 

I've had a little more time to catch up today. I'm so glad you enjoyed your birthday & holiday Karen, the garden looks fabulous although I do have to agree about the blue maybe becoming a little overpowering. Aren't the windows amazing in the shot of Scott on the sofa.

15 Apr, 2013

 

Thanks Annie! yes, there were details like that in all the architecture....but not on the houses. Even the poshest of all the Riyadh look just like slums from the outside. Occasionally you see a nice door, which is a give away, but up alleys that smell like toilets. It really is a very different culture to here! That made it really interesting.

15 Apr, 2013

 

Looking at this again, Karen. That is a very arresting photo of Scott in front of the windows. Aren't you glad he is holding a blue sweater? And his outfit matches the sofa. I am being totally sincere here. I think it would be a serious contender in a photo competition!

15 Apr, 2013

 

Thanks Melchi...it's the blue jumper that makes it, you're right! :D

15 Apr, 2013

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