The Majorelle gardens
The famous Majorelle gardens was created in 1931, when artist Jacques Majorelle asked architect Paul Sinoir to build him a cubist villa. Later, in 1933, balconies and a pergola were added to finish the villa. In 1937, Jacques Majorelle painted his house with this iconic blue known as the “blue Majorelle”.
Jacques Majorelle, botanic lover, created around his house a huge and luxurious garden and continued, during 40 years, to work on it. During the years, he added a big variety of plants from around the world. He wanted for his garden to become an “impressionist’s garden”.
After a terrible car accident, Jacques Majorelle was forced to give up his villa and garden in 1961.
Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé discovered the Majorelle gardens during their first trip to Marrakech in 1966 but they only bought it in 1980. The couple decided to live in the artist’s villa and named it Villa Oasis. Together they renovated the gardens to make it as “the one Majorelle would have imagined, wanted”.
Yves Saint Laurent said: “For a lot of years, I have found in the Majorelle gardens a huge source of inspiration and I have often dreamed of its unique colors”.
YSL died in Paris on the 1st of june 2008. His ashes were dispersed in Villa Oasis’ rosary and a memorial was created in the garden.
In autumn 2017, a new museum in Marrakech, located on Yves Saint Laurent street, near the Majorelle garden, will open: the “mYSLm”, museum Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech. This museum will gather a part of the Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent’s collection: 5 000 clothes and 15 000 Haute Couture accessories.
Source : Jardin Majorelle