Leighton House art exhibition catalog available for purchase online.
A fully illustrated catalogue is now available for the “Meetings in Marrakech” exhibit of paintings by Winston Churchill and Hassan El Glaoui currently at the Leighton House museum in London. The exhibit runs until March 31 and was featured in the January issue of Chartwell Bulletin.
The catalogue, published by Skira Editore, includes beautiful color illustrations of works by both artists as well as an essay by Celia Sandys entitled “The Loveliest Spot in the Whole World.” Also featured are additional essays by Maurice Droun (“Hassan El Glaoui, the Painter of Morocco”) and by El Glaoui’s daughter and catalogue editor Touria entitled “L’Enfance de l’Art” as well as a detailed biography of the Moroccan artist. The exhibit and catalogue highlight the artistic recognition accorded both men and the long relationship between their two families.
Winston Churchill’s love of Morocco and Marrakech extended from his first visit in 1935 to his sixth and final in 1959. He describe the city in a Daily Mail article: “Here in these spacious palm groves….the traveler can be sure of every comfort and diversion, and can contemplate with ceaseless satisfaction the stately snow-clad panorama of the Atlas Mountains. The sun is brilliant and warm…..the air crisp…the days bright, the nights cool and fresh.”
*The catalogue is currently available from Amazon U.K., which ships worldwide for an additional fee. The North American edition will be released on September 18, 2011 and is expected to be available from Amazon U.S. and other outlets.