Journeys into Art in Tangier
It’s the journeys within journeys that I love. My own personal discoveries of history and politics, of art and authors and of music. Each new destination, a place to pick up strays; arty people either home grown or blown-in, who I have never heard of and may well be long forgotten in the rolling coast of life.
Two of my Favourites
Many European artists worked in Tangier in the first decade of the twentieth century. New to me in Morocco was James McBay. He was a Scot and his work reminded me of that of Hilda Rix Nicholas, one of my favourite Australian artists. They were born only a year apart, and I could not but wonder if they had ever met. They were both in Morocco around the same time, shortly before the outbreak of World War I.
Both captured the colour and light of Tangier through intimate portraits, street scenes and the market place. Both gave us unforgettable images of the First World War. Both had endured great personal tragedy.