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Margo Veillon by Margot Veillon
Book DescriptionMargo Veillon, one of Egypt's best known and best loved artists, was born in Cairo in 1907 to a Swiss father and an Austrian mother and died in the same city in 2003. For most of her 96 years, she painted and drew Egypt, from north to south, from countryside to city, as well as Paris, London, and other parts of the world. As a witness to a century of enormous change in Egypt as much as elsewhere, she produced a huge, rich, and varied body of work that includes work from across the decades of her career as well as across a variety of media. Although Margo lived part of her life in Europe, it was clearly Egypt that held her imagination through all those long years of artistic innovation. One strand of her work is characterized by an ability to capture and depict the energy of a specific moment in time, be it a toss of wheat in the air to separate the chaff, the stoic bride in a wedding procession, or a horse dancing in a tent at a mulid. The stones, sands, and constantly changing light of the desert were the inspiration for many years for another major line of artistic expression. And a third strand was her exploration of all that can be seen, not seen, and sensed in one place, in her remarkable series of Global Perspectives. These threads and others no less individual and innovative make up the extraordinarily rich tapestry of Margo Veillon's artistic career over nearly one hundred years.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9789774160578
(220mm x 300mm x 31mm)
Imprint: The American University in Cairo Press
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
Publish Date: 15-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: Egypt
Books By Author Margot Veillon
Nubia, Paperback (November 2004)
From 1964 onward much of the ancient land of Nubia sank forever in the waters of Lake Nasser, behind the new Aswan High Dam. Margo Veillon, in the company of friends and fellow artists made numerous extended visits to capture in her artwork a lifestyle that has now vanished. This book is a record of her journeys.
Painting Egypt, Hardback (March 2003)
Margo Veillon, one of Egypt's best loved artists, here presents a sampling of her work from throughout her career, as represented in a legacy bequeathed to the American University in Cairo. The collection includes work from across the decades of her career as well as across a variety of media.
Egyptian Festivals, Hardback (February 2002)
A collection of paintings and drawings depicting the festivals of Egypt by Margo Veillon, one of Egypt's best-known artists. The cycle of Egyptian life is marked by festivals and celebrations: those for births, weddings, saints "mulids", national holidays, and closing the circle, funerals.
Egyptian Harvests, Paperback (September 2000)» View all books by Margot Veillon
This volume contains decades' worth of paintings, sketches and photographs by Veillon of the Egyptian countryside. They capture the colour, vitality, toil and dignity of life on the land. She records the women's chores, the floodwaters, the irrigation of the fields and the reaping of wheat.
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Author Biography - Margot Veillon
Bruno Ronfard lived in Cairo for a number of years and worked regularly with Margo Veillon on her collection from 1997 until her death.
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