SIDI BOU SAID AND THE ECOLE DE TUNIS

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SIDI BOU SAID AND THE ECOLE DE TUNIS

Sidi Bou Said is a town in northern Tunisia, it is located only 20 km from the capital of Tunisia, Tunis. The town got its name for a Muslim religious figure who lived there, Abou Said ibn Khalef ibn Yahia Ettamini el Beji (before he came along, it was called Jabal el-Menar). The town itself is an attraction as it is known for the extensive use of blue and white colors all over the town.

Sidi Bou Said is still under reputation as a town of artists. Many famous artists lived there or visited Sidi Bou Said. Most famous is probably Paul Klee. Other European artists include Gustave-Henri Jossot, August Macke, Saro Lo Turco and Louis Moillet. Tunisian artists in Sidi Bou Said are members of Ecole de Tunis (painting school of Tunis). Most famous are Yahia Turki, Brahim Dhahak and Ammar Farhat.

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