Dalila Imadalou. The Casbah. (2011). Watercolour.
Algiers counts 28 communes. It is one of the greatest urban areas of North Africa. The old city, built on the heights, is traversed narrow and sinuous lanes. It is dominated by a Turkish fortress of the 16th century, the Casbah, which gave its name to the whole district. The word Casbah means citadel. The slope is strong in the high part of the Casbah and more the share of the lanes is in staircase. The houses are tangled up on a rather tilted level. The architecture of the Casbah inspired many artists, writers, musicians, poets and of course the painters. Here the artist reveals us a Casbah crushed by heat with a painting where the hot colors dominate at the point to form clouds of heat.
The point of view of the spectator is rather high, practically on the level of the cloud of heat which hides the remainder of the city.
The artist uses 3 natural points of interests. The cupola and the minaret of the mosque are located on 2 natural points of interest on the right tension field.
Concerning pictorial space 1 third is empty the 2 other thirds are full. Space empties is with the background. It is the hot and sandy fog. The painting is extremely well composed and balanced.
The picture is built on the rising diagonal, this one is parallel to empty space with the background and the points of the cupola and the minaret are located on this same diagonal.
One of with dimensions of the cupola is orange clear it reflects the sunlight, the other is much darker.
The Casbah has much mosque the Mosque Ketchaoua, Jamaa Al-Jdid, Ali Bitchin… The citadel itself understands bastions, ramparts, visible here of the casemates, a palate, and a mosque.
In a preoccupation with a realism the artist represents the satellite antennas which they also make party of the decorations.
The light comes from in bottom on the left, it probably acts of a rising sun.
Colors : Harmonize between hot colors.
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