Margo Veillon

Egyptian Festivals

Edited by Bruno Ronfard
Essay by 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 t

English edition
168 pp.
83 color, 19 b/w illus.
23X31cm
ISBN 9789774246944
For sale worldwide

19.95

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.

Bruno Ronfard

BRUNO RONFARD lived in Cairo for a number of years and worked regularly with Margo Veillon on her collection from 1997 until her death.

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. Margo Veillon: the Bursting Movement, Egyptian Harvests, Egyptian Festivals, and Painting Egypt were published by AUC Press in 1996, 2000, 2002, and 2003. John Rodenbeck, director of AUC Press from 1974 to 1983, was a professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the American University in Cairo, until his recent retirement.
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