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“Scene at Marrakech” by Winston Churchill up for auction

More than fifty years after his death, a painting by Sir Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister, will be offered for auction. The painting is called “Scene at Marrakech” and will be auctioned by Christie’s, as part of the “The Modern British Art Evening” sale scheduled for next March.

The painting “Scene at Marrakech” whose auction is already arousing the curiosity of the greatest art collectors, was produced in 1935, after a trip to Morocco by Winston Churchill, on the advice of his friend and mentor, Sir John Lavery. It was therefore his trip to Moroccan soil that he immortalized on this canvas, which expresses his love of nature like most of his works.

The value of the painting is estimated between 300,000 and 500,000 pounds (approximately 330,000 and 550,000 euros) during the sale “The Modern British Art Evening”. The statesman left behind many paintings including “The Goldfish Pond at Chartwell” which sold for £ 1.8 million at Sotheby’s in 2014.

It was after the failed Dardanelles campaign that Winston Churchill developed a taste for painting. He spoke about this passion, cultivated in his forties, in the essay “Painting as a Pastime”, published in The Strand magazine. “Happy are the painters, for they are never alone. Light and color, peace and hope, will keep them company until the end, or almost until the end of the day,” he wrote.

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