The son of Louis Majorelle, a cabinetmaker from Nice, the painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962) is a prominent figure in Orientalism. Discovering Marrakech in 1917, he is fascinated by the light and the bright colors of the city and its inhabitants. He first settled villa Bou Saf Saf, then in the cubist villa designed by the architect Paul Sinoir, which now houses the Berber Museum Foundation Majorelle Garden.
For nearly forty years, he painstakingly paints the various moods of the souks, the scenes of everyday life or the singular beauty of the models that came to his home. His many travels in the kasbahs of the Atlas and the other cities of Morocco allow him to restore all the wealth of landscapes, architecture and markets, or ceremonies of which he is the privileged witness.
In the forties, the discovery of sub-Saharan Africa causes an aesthetic and chromatic renewal that accompanies all his work until his latest creations.