Jilali Gharbaoui Rare Original Oil Painting Abstract Signed Framed
This is an exceptional investment opportunity to acquire an extraordinary and rare Gharbaoui original painting.
Oil onto framed board; the artwork itself measures approximately 55cm x 43cm (21.6 x 16.9in).
It is an ORIGINAL WORK and NOT a lithograph or print of any kind.
The artwork is in excellent condition.
Private collection UK.
POA (price on application).
Jilali Gharbaoui (Morocco, 1930-1971)
Jilali Gharbaoui began taking painting classes while in secondary school in Fes, at the Académie des Arts. With the support of the novelist Ahmed Sefrioui, director of fine arts in Rabat, Gharbaoui was able to receive a scholarship to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Paris, where he took classes with Jean Souverbie and often visited the atelier La Grande Chaumière. He studied an additional year in Rome, and often returned to Paris, where he was introduced as part of the “groupe des informels” at the Salon Comparaison in 1959 by art critic Pierre Restany. He was particularly influenced by classical Flemish painting after a trip to Amsterdam in 1962. Gharbaoui suffered from severe mental illness, and was hosted on multiple occasions by Father Denis Martin at the monastery of Toumliline in the Middle Atlas Mountains. In the late 1960s, major Moroccan art collector Abderrahman Serghini bought a large part of his works and studio. Like other Moroccan artists at the time, Gharbaoui’s extensive travels were motivated by the lack of infrastructure and support for the arts in Morocco, and he was outspoken about these issues in print, as in the 1967 “fiches et questionnaires” in the leftist cultural journal Souffles. In 1971, Gharbaoui’s body was found on a public bench in the Champ de Mars. His body was repatriated to Morocco by André Malraux, and he is buried in Fes.
During his lifetime, Gharbaoui exhibited widely in Morocco and internationally, in Egypt, France, the Netherlands, the United States, and Brazil. As part of the “groupe des informels,” Gharbaoui participated in an exhibition that moved to Japan, Mexico, and Germany. Particularly since the 1990s, Gharbaoui’s importance has been celebrated through a number of exhibitions and books. Gharbaoui was the focus of a 1993 retrospective at the Institut du Monde Arabe, as well as the monograph Fulgurances Gharbaoui by Yasmina Filali, published the same year in Casablanca. A film on Gharbaoui was additionally commissioned by Filali and the IMA by Faten Safieddine. Within Morocco, the Museum Bank Al-Maghrib (2011) and the Villa des Arts/Fondation ONA of Rabat and Casablanca (2010) have also hosted large retrospectives of Gharbaoui’s work.