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Churchill’s Only Wartime Painting Sets New World Auction Record

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 3 marzo 2021

London – Christie’s Modern British Art Evening Sale on 1 March 2021 realised a new world auction record for Sir Winston Churchill’s Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque (1943, price realised: £8,285,000 / $11,590,715 / €9,577,460), which was offered from The Jolie Family Collection. The painting is the only work that Churchill created during the Second World War, executing the painting in Marrakech following the Casablanca Conference in January 1943. Churchill invited Franklin D. Roosevelt to join him in Marrakech the day after the conference concluded, motivated by his desire to share the views of the city and the light at sunset, which he so revered, with Roosevelt. The view impressed Roosevelt so much that Churchill decided to capture the scene for him as a memento of their excursion. This act was seen not only as an indication of their friendship but of the special relationship between the UK and the USA.Sir Winston Churchill began painting scenes of Morocco after being encouraged to visit the country by his painting tutor, Sir John Lavery. Upon his first visit in 1935, he felt that the light and scenery were unrivalled, creating some 45 paintings of the country.

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