James McBey et le Maroc

James McBey et le Maroc

Karine Joseph

L’artiste écossais James McBey (1883, Newburgh (Ecosse) - 1959, Tanger) est devenu célèbre dans les années 1920, aussi bien en Europe qu’aux États-Unis, grâce à ses gravures à l’eau-forte, technique alors au faîte de sa popularité et dont il a été l’un des maîtres, influencé par Rembrandt et Whistler.
Devenu par la suite aquarelliste talentueux, portraitiste demandé, sa virtuosité a également été largement reconnue dans ses huiles sur toile à la touche postimpressionniste qui l’ont fait considérer à l’aune de Cézanne ou de Matisse.

Séduit par le Maroc dès son premier voyage en 1912, James McBey achètera une maison à Tanger où il passera de plus en plus de temps au fil des années et qui deviendra son véritable foyer. Il repose depuis 1959 sur sa propriété qui surplombe le détroit de Gibraltar, sa tombe porte l’inscription, en arabe : « il aimait le Maroc ».
Ses œuvres « marocaines », considérées par beaucoup comme faisant partie de ses meilleures, représentent les lieux et les gens qu’il a aimés, paysages,  scènes de rue, marchés, portraits, à Tanger, Tétouan ou Assilah dans le Nord, à Marrakech et plus au sud, à Ouarzazate ou dans les montagnes de l’Atlas.

A la veille du cinquantenaire de sa mort, ce livre veut rendre hommage au remarquable talent et à la belle sensibilité de James McBey, magnifiquement inspirés par son amour pour ce pays.

This is the illustrated story of a Scottish artist whose remarkable talent and sensibility were magnificently inspired by his love for Morocco. James McBey (1883, Newburgh  in Scotland - 1959, Tangier) became famous in the 1920’s in Europe and the United States for his etchings, a technique then at the height of popularity and of which he was a master, influenced by Rembrandt and Whistler. He later became a talented watercolourist and portraitist; and his virtuosity is widely recognized in his oils on canvas, the post impressionist aspect of which has compared him to Cezanne and Matisse. Charmed by Morocco from his first journey in 1912, James McBey bought a house in Tangier where he spent increasing time over the years and which became his real home. Buried in 1959 on his land which overhangs the Straits of Gibraltar, his grave is engraved with the text, in Arabic: “He loved Morocco”.  His Moroccan works, considered amongst his best, represent the places and the people he liked, landscapes, street scenes, markets, and portraits: in Tangier, Tetuan or Asilah in the North, in Marrakesh and more in the South, in Ouarzazate or in the Atlas Mountains. On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of his death, this book pays homage to James McBey’s remarkable talent and beautiful sensibility, magnificently inspired by his love for the country.

ISBN 9789954885147 | 128 pages | 280mm x 245mm | Colour Illustrations | 2008 | Editions du Sirocco, Morocco | Hardback

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About the Author

Karine Joseph

Karine Joseph is a publisher in Casablanca where she grew up and to which she returned more than twenty years. She founded Editions du Sirocco in 2007. Her keen interest in Morocco, the book and art, guide her editorial choices in the development of her list in which she shares her discoveries and enthusiasm. Within this context she wrote this book, James McBey et le Maroc, so as to tell the beautiful story of this artist who fascinated her. It is the first fine art book from Editions du Sirocco.

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