Delacroix: Le Voyage au Maroc
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Platform CD ROM
Install: None, runs from the CD
System 7 or higher, 256 colours.
Language: Running choice of English or
At first, this was difficult to
launch - a Products window flew open - and
after a while ploughing through about 350Mb
of French promo material, I realised I ought
to close the window and double click on
another icon - duh, et voila!
Arboresence, in conjunction with Louvre,
Institut du Monde Arabe, Les Films d'Ici and
Réunion des Musées Nationaux, has produced
this little gem for our total enthrallment.
The CD begins with a background as to how
Delacroix got to Morocco at the end of 1831,
and how his love of Orientalism was to
become a life reality.
The Voyage with Delacroix section has by far
the most content on the CD. All of the
timescales of his Voyage are explained, in
chronological order, with a commentary
(switch-offable) of the dates and
destinations of the Voyage, along with
little QT movies and excerpts from all four
of the remaining Sketchbooks, which are
currently in French Museums - there were
three others, but these have been widely
believed to have been separated and sold as
single pages worldwide, as DX's work from
his Moroccan Sketchbooks exists around the
It is the pure charm of these notebooks which
has drawn many people to love these works, and
it is here in the Voyage section that one
feels most drawn in to experience and dote on
the wonderful drawings and watercolour pics
that are here.
Courtyard pictures in Meknes are beautiful
things, and are probably the most
familiar to anyone who has a slight
knowledge of the Delacroix Voyage to
Morocco. Meknes horses and horsemen, Arabic
instruments such as Uds and cornets played
in the Moroccan style - you could almost
feel that you have visited 19th century
Morocco - without even leaving your desk!
All of DX's three
trips to Tangier are covered in this section,
with the beautiful panoramic views of the city
- I love this stuff so much, that I have a
whole stairwell devoted to this theme, here in
my home in England.
sketched most of his Horseback pictures whilst
in Meknes, and there are a lot of pages from
this period. DX was even received by the
Sultan of Morocco whilst on horseback, and
another great aspect of this CD is that all of
the text is translated for you, by clicking on
any desired area of the page.
in mind that this was the time period before
the invention of the automobile, when people
who could afford to, travelled on horseback,
all of the mental pictures of Orientalism
spring to mind, and truly the way that I would
have just loved to have seen Morocco, in the
are also some nice sketches of his time in
Cadiz, Spain, en route to, and returning from,
Morocco.There is even a section on a Jewish
Wedding, along with text and sketches, and
also Hebrew wedding music.There is also a
Forms section, which lists all of the Museums
worldwide where DX has a presence, also a
Bibliography and an Exhibition section, which
lists all know writings about DX and all the
places in the world where there has been
exhibitions of his work.
Delacroix returned to Paris, his love of
Morocco (like mine!) never left him, and
he continued to paint larger
works in oils, roughly every year, until his
death in 1863. These oils are also shown on
the CD. Every time I go to Paris, I go to
the Delacroix Museum on Rue Furstemburg, in
St. Germain. This was Eugene's (see, I'm on
first name terms here :)) home for the last
part of his life, and the rooms are full of
artefacts and paintings.
The garden alone would be worth the 22FF to
enter the Museum, and I often spend an hour or
two in this wonderful, green, hidden jewel of
Paris, after the Museum.
buying shelves and shelves of CD ROMs over the
years, this is the best CD ROM in
any category that I have ever seen. It is very
well produced and the combination of graphics,
QT movies and wonderful Moroccan folk music
makes it an enchanting item to add to your CD
ROM collection. I don't normally review
entertainment titles, but feel that with this
one I had to make an exception. I travel a lot
in Morocco, and will take this along with me
in future. Highly recommended.
The study of Delacroix's watercolours has
greatly increased the perception of my own watercolour
Hard to get hold of, and after searching
just about every UK and worldwide art web
site, I ordered mine from a French software
company at Logiciels Français and to save on postage, I
also bought Delacroix: 'Génie de la Couleur'
(also dual platform) - both at 199FF (normal
retail is 260FF) and 47FF postage for the
two, inclusive. What a deal.
Review by Josie Farmer ©1999
All acknowledgments to Arborescence
Productions and the Louvre Museum, Paris.
Sketchbook No. 1
Sketchbook No. 2
Sketchbook No. 3
Sketchbook No. 4