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Egyptian Harvests [Paperback]

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Item description for Egyptian Harvests by Margo Veillon & Charlotte Hug...

Margo Veillon, one of Egypt's best known and best loved artists, has long been fascinated by the Egyptian countryside and the world of the fellahin--the color and bustle of their villages, their hard labor in the fields. Here in this exceptional book is her collected vision of that world: decades' worth of paintings, sketches, and photographs that capture all the color, vitality, toil, and dignity of life on the land under Egypt's blazing but beneficent sun. She records the women's chores, the floodwaters, the irrigation of the fields, their ploughing, the reaping of wheat and sugar cane, the picking of tomatoes and bananas. Her strong, rapid lines translate the calm, slow movements of the laborers with brio but also with serenity

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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Pages   168
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 9.5" Height: 11.75"
Weight:   2.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2000
Publisher   American University in Cairo Press
ISBN  9774245806  
ISBN13  9789774245800  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Margo Veillon was born in Cairo in 1907, the daughter of a Swiss businessman and his Austrian wife. She spent much of her artistic career capturing the verve and movement of daily life in Egypt, and since 1936, the world of Upper Egypt and Nubia. She died in 2003.

Margo Veillon was born in 1907 and died in 2003.

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Five Stars if You Are Interested in This Sort of Thing  Feb 3, 2010
Margo Veillon was born a century ago to Swiss and Austrian parents in Egypt, where she resided for most of her long life (She died only a few years ago). Independent, or rebellious, from a very early age, her parents dispatched her to a boarding school in Switzerland after she was expelled from school in Egypt. She would then go to Paris for a few years to mingle and train in the "art scene" before going back to reside in Egypt. She routinely traveled to Europe, among other destinations, for the rest of her life. A very large majority of her work is focused on things Egyptian.

This volume contains paintings, sketches , and photographs, which focus on Egyptian village life around harvest time. A pretty interesting collection. While the works span decades, I doubt anyone will see any discernable difference between old and newer, as Egyptian harvesting activities probably changed very little over the millennia. One can see similar depictions on the walls of ancient temples in Egypt that were built 2000 to 4000 years ago.

I have 4 publications of various Veillion collections including this one. I like them all, but my favorite is "Painting Egypt" (Hard cover - 2003 - American University in Cairo press) which was the original "lure" to buy the other 3. My reviews of all of them are almost identical.

I am not an artist, and I realize that some "real art critics" might find the 5 stars to be on the generous side, but I took into consideration the fact that I have not come across any other publication, or actual paintings, even in Egypt, that depicts these scenes and subjects. Vellion seems to have this rare ability to see things both as a local, and as an outsider looking from the outside in, at the same time.

If you are interested in this sort of thing you will probably like this collection.

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