The Belgian artist Max Léon Moreau lived in this typical villa of the Albayzín for more than thirty years. He left all his properties to Granada City Council when he died in 1992. This villa was restored in 1998 to open a House Museum.
A Carmen is a typical villa from Granada made up of a large house with courtyards and usually a garden and an orchard. These houses are common in Sacromonte and Realejo hills. In this case, Max Moreau’s Carmen is composed by a house, an orchard and a garden. In order to adapt to the slope, this villa was built on three terraces. There are three independent buildings in this Carmen but all of them are connected by courtyards. These buildings are the artist’s house, his studio and the housekeeper’s house. Nowadays, Max Moreau’s house hosts the permanent exhibition about his works, while his studio, the most restored part of the Carmen, is the hall dedicated to the recreation of his life.
Max Léon Moreau was born in Soignies, a small city in Belgium. He left his birthplace at the age of three when his parents moved to Brussels. He looked up to his father, who was also a painter. Max used to watch him while he was painting, and that was how he unconsciously and spontaneously learned this art. Eastern cultures influenced the new phase of his life. Moreau decided to travel several times to Africa because of the picturesque landscapes he saw on his colleagues’ pictures and paintings, its pictorial potential and its spellbinding exoticism.