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Eugène Delacroix

The Fanatics of Tangier.

1837-1838. Oil on canvas. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN, USA. Read Note.

Eugène Delacroix. The Fanatics of Tangier.

The Fanatics of Tangier. Delacroix offered an explanation of the subject in his brochure for the 1838 Salon: “These fanatics are called Issaouis, after their founder Ben Issa. At certain times of year, they meet outside towns; then, their enthusiasm excited by prayers and wild cries, they enter into a veritable state of intoxication, and, spreading through the streets, perform a thousand contortions, and even dangerous acts