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Painting Egypt by Margot Veillon
Book DescriptionMargo 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. Although Margo has lived part of her life in Europe, it is clearly Egypt that has held her imagination in all these long years of artistic innovation. 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 "moulid". In addition to being an interpreter of movement and energy, she is a chronicler of rural Egyptian life - a life that is fast disappearing under pressure of modern urbanization. In fact, it has been said of Margo Veillon by Charlotte Hug: "She strove to...convey, incisively and simply, the subtle alchemy of water, earth and life marking the tempo of the country's evolution from its sandy origins." This book encapsulates this alchemy as presented in the AUC Permanent Collection.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9789774247217
(230mm x 310mm x 23mm)
Imprint: The American University in Cairo Press
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
Publish Date: 31-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: Egypt
Books By Author Margot Veillon
Margo Veillon, Hardback (January 2007)
Margo 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.
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.
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
Margo Veillon was born in Cairo in 1907, the daughter of a Swiss businessman and his Austrian wife. She has spent much of her artistic career capturing the verve and movement of daily life in Egypt. She now spends her time between her homes in Cairo and Switzerland. Margo Veillon: The Bursting Movement, Margo Veillon: Egyptian Harvests, and Margo Veillon: Egyptian Festivals were published by AUC Press in 1996, 2000, and 2002. Bruno Ronfard lives in Cairo and has been working regularly with Margo Veillon on her collection since 1997.
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