The exhibition “Hassan El Glaoui: Le Sel de ma Terre” highlights two key aspects of the life and work of the painter: on one hand his work as a portraitist, who has spent his life painting characters from his intimate entourage (his wife and daughters in particular, or some friends) as well as interior scenes of life in Morocco in the 1940s and 1950s. These paintings unveiled in the exhibition, dear to the artist, were shown very little during his lifetime.
Le Sel de ma Terre also presents a wide selection of works that are dedicated to the cultural and political life of his country and his time, as a witness of certain moments and traditions of Morocco in recent decades. The subjects of his most famous paintings, of which a large selection is presented in this exhibition, are devoted to the public life of the political figures of the time, and in particular of the King, of which he represents certain public outings.
His other favorite subject, which will follow him for the rest of his life, is horses, for which he develops a fascination from childhood, especially fantasias. Hassan El Glaoui has, throughout his life as a painter, told and represented this very ancient Berber equestrian tradition that is still alive in Morocco today.
Hassan El Glaoui: Le Sel de ma Terre. Exhibition at the Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rabat, Morocco, from April 2 to August 31, 2019