Item description for Margo Veillon: Egyptian Festivals by Margo Veillon, Bruno Ronfard & John Rodenbeck...
Margo Veillon, one of Egypt's best known and best loved artists, returns to enchant us again with a collection of paintings and drawings depicting the festivals of Egypt. The cycle of Egyptian life is marked by festivals and celebrations: those for births, weddings, saints' mulids, national holidays, and closing the circle, funerals. Margo Veillon draws us in to the joy, exuberance, and occasional sorrow that mark the seasons of Egyptian festivals. This remarkable collection of images fills the viewer with the music and dance that punctuate these events and allows us to participate vicariously through the pages in a swirl of colors, smells, sounds, and exultation.
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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 9.25" Height: 12" Weight: 1.85 lbs.
Publisher American University in Cairo Press
ISBN 9774246942 ISBN13 9789774246944
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More About Margo Veillon, Bruno Ronfard & John Rodenbeck
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.
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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 detinations, for the rest of her life. A very large majority of her work is focused on things Egyptian. Here you will find a collection of paintings, sketches, and photographs, depicting Egyptian festivals, in cities, villages and hamlets. I thought most of them were very interesting.
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.
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. Also, to me, 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 I think you will appreciate this volume.