Caravanserai By Jean-Michel Lengrand
• Artist: Jean-Michel Lengrand
• Title: Caravanserai
• Medium: Original Oil on Panel Board
• Dimensions: Approx. 17W x 24H (Inches)
• Notes: This is an original item (Original Oil On Panel Board) and has been certified authentic. A one of a kind! Custom framing available.
Beyond its reality as a relay station on the Silk Road, the caravanserai* appears as a mythical space dedicated to rest and the satisfaction of earthly and spiritual foods.
The city I painted is in the southern Sahara in Morocco named Ait Benadou. It is an old fortified village made of clay and straw like the times of the Tower of Babel.
Caravanserais around an oasis seem beyond time. The oasis center of the world in the desert is one face of a coin. The other side of the coin is an island in the ocean.
They are places of relaying and of energy. Here time is stopped, and everything is transformed. The fallen column becomes the tree again. The trees become dromedaries that pass slowly without waking the sleeper. A ballerina in the heart of the checkerboard, the Queen sleeps.
Then will come the crossing.
* A caravanserai was a roadside inn where travelers (caravanners) could rest and recover from the day's journey. Caravanserais supported the flow of commerce, information and people across the network of trade routes covering Asia, North Africa and Southeast Europe, especially along the Silk Road.