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A glorious place to escape…

March 02, 2016

In the countryside of Morocco, near a little village called Taroudant (south of Marrakech) sits Claudio Bravo’s country escape. The Chilean artist who was considered a “master of light and shadows” made his home here as a refuge from the outside world. After falling in love with the country during an initial visit in 1972, he set up residences in a couple of locations. The Taroudant property sprawled for acres and acres and provided amazing Atlas Mountain views as well as unique inspirations that Bravo desired!

Claudio Bravo spent over 10 years bringing this palace back to it’s former glory. There are many desert gardens with cacti and succulents throughout. There’s an enormous stable that housed Bravo’s prized Arabian Horses (37 at one point in time) and, of course, the palace itself is remarkable. The 18th century palace is decorated with traditional objects of Bravo’s adopted home; for example, a large collection of Moroccan pottery and bone-inlaid furniture.

Of course, some of his stunning paintings adorn the walls. His unique style of hyperrealism was further inspired at his secluded riad. The palace was the spot for Bravo’s final work and as testament to the love he had for his countryside abode, he was buried in his beloved garden.

The Chilean artist Claudio Bravo found serenity in Morocco and it was here that he ended his search for the “perfect amount of light”.

Image courtesy of: The New York Times

With cypress trees and palms, the surroundings of the palace envelope it perfectly.

Image courtesy of: Terrier Michel

The artist at work in Morocco.

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Etruscan art graces the fortress-like walls by the beautiful pool. The pieces from the 9th-2nd century are something else the eclectic artist liked to collect. Luckily, he had numerous homes in which to display all of his priceless objects.

Image courtesy of: Terrier Michele

A “typical” Bravo painting… the draping with vessls is his iconic style. We love how calming this Bravo piece is!

Image courtesy of: Mutual Art

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