I have visited Morocco several times, inspired by the paintings which Matisse created there in the early 20th century. I was struck by the wild beauty of this landscape: the startling contrasts between the snow-clad peaks of the High Atlas range, the hot reds, pinks and purples of the foothills, and the verdant greens of the oases and
The Pinks of the Atlas Mountains
Door to the Kasbah
The Road to the Desert
Journey to Marrakech
Kasbah Cast Shadows
The Ziz Valley
Berber Village III
Moroccan Mud Walls
The Road to Zagora II
The Moroccan Series
The desert paintings are a response to the beauty and tranquillity of the dunes at Merzouga and Tinfou near the Algerian border, and I also want to convey a sense of the awesome emptiness of the desert and the feeling of being totally alone in a vast sea of dunes.
I was struck by their stature (some as high as 800 feet) and by their variation in colour, ranging from cool pinks through pale yellows to rich golden ochres. It was difficult to gauge distances, which further enhanced the feeling of unreality and mystery, while the occurrence of sandstorms and whirlwinds caused a blurring of the normal division between land and sky. In the foreground of these
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