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The Fanatics of Tangier.
1837-1838. Oil on canvas. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN, USA. More. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
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