Jacques Majorelle

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An example of Majorelle Blue from his house in Majorelle Garden in Marrakech, Morocco

Jacques Majorelle (March 7, 1886 - October 14, 1962), son of the celebrated Art Nouveau furniture designer Louis Majorelle, was a French painter. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Nancy in 1901 and later at the Académie Julian in Paris with Schommer and Royer.

In 1919 he went to Marrakech, Morocco to recover from heart problems. He returned to France in 1962 after a car incident and died later that year of complications from his injuries.

His greatest art work is said to be the Majorelle Garden, which he created in 1924. A special colour of blue, which he used extensively in the garden, is named after him - Majorelle Blue. The garden has been open to the public since 1947.

Since 1980 it has been owned by Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé, and after Yves Saint Laurent died in 2008 his ashes were scattered there.[1]


  1. ^ "Love 1936-2008". Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent. 2008. Retrieved 2011-10-27.