In March 2021, the international auction company Christie’s London will organize an auction for the famous painting “Scene at Marrakech, circa 1935”, the first for this painting painted by former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Marrakech.
In love with Morocco, Winston Churchill was seduced by many landscapes of the Kingdom. His work “Scene at Marrakech, circa 1935” is inspired by his great admiration for the city of Marrakech.
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and from 1951 to 1955, Churchill was an accomplished amateur artist, who painted hundreds of canvases throughout his life. In the 1950s, he offered “Scene at Marrakech” to Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, who played a pivotal role in the Battle of Dunkirk, during World War II.
« An accomplished artist and famous politician, the work is among the best paintings by Churchill of the 1930s. “, Details Nick Orchard, director of modern British art at Christie’s, in a press release. The expert said that this gift “symbolizes the deep respect and friendship that the Prime Minister had for his general”.
In the Montgomery family for several decades, the painting will go on sale on March 1, 2021 and will be available to the public in February in Christie’s galleries in London.
Another oil painting by Winston Churchill immortalizing a sunset over the Atlas Mountains (1935) was sold for $ 420,000 at an auction in New York in 2008. One of his other Moroccan landscapes “View of Tinherir” had been purchased for over a million dollars.
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