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Max Moreau

by on March 12, 2015

Max Moreau, deceased realist artist born in Belgium (1902 – 1992).

Max Moreau, born in 1902,  was a Belgian realist painter best known for his Parisian whimsical street scenes and his portraits.  He was active throughout France, Spain, Portugal and Northern Europe.  Max spent the last 30 years of his life living in his Moorish style house in Granada, which upon his death, was bequeathed to the City of Granada along with the contents of his studio and artwork.  Since then the City of Granada has turned his home into a museum where visitors can see his studio and learn about his private life, as well as view galleries of his well-known paintings.

The main building of the ‘Casa Museo Max Moreau’ houses an exhibition space which takes us on a journey through the artist’s most common themes: portraits, still lifes and landscapes, represented through oil paintings, watercolors and drawings on paper. There is also a series of models for theatre productions which illustrate the artist’s interest and relationship to the scenic arts (he was involved in many productions as an actor, playwright, musician and set designer). The building itself is an original from the region of Albayzín and is popularly known as Carmen. The name comes from the Arabic word Karm which means vine, orchard or garden.
The second building houses the artist’s studio, just as he left it: the easel next to the window, a piano with scores and a collection of oriental objects. The adjoining room contains biographical information on the life of Moreau including many photographs of his travels, friendships and family. There is also a section on his relationship to music (he composed several pieces) and a gallery of his most cherished personal belongings. The collection also aims to highlight Moreau’s relationship to Granada. Max Moreau died in 1992.

 


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