Margo Veillon: Nubia

Sketches, Notes, and Photographs

Edited by John Rodenbeck

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 had been fa

English edition
1 March 2005
168 pp.
48 photographs, 117 drawings, 78 color illus.
22X30cm
ISBN 9789774248795
For sale worldwide

$29.50

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 had been fascinated by the vibrancy, color, and movement of the life of ordinary people in Nubia since the 1930s. In the company of friends and fellow artists she made numerous extended visits to capture in her artwork a lifestyle that has now vanished. This book is a record of her journeys. Presenting the Nile as this beautiful land’s thoroughfare, her drawings and photographs reflect the impact of this world upon her. Veillon’s diaries, notes, and pictures vividly illuminate one of the world’s most visually oriented cultures in a style that is as expressive as its subject, thus offering not only an image captured at a particular moment in time, which will never be seen again, but the sensitivity and skill of brain, eye, and hand that made that capture possible. Also available: Margo Veillon: The Bursting Movement edited by Charlotte Hug (AUC Press, 1996) Margo Veillon: Egyptian Harvests edited by Charlotte Hug (AUC Press, 2000) Margo Veillon: Egyptian Festivals edited by Bruno Ronfard (AUC Press, 2002) Margo Veillon: Painting Egypt: The Masterpiece Collection at the American University in Cairo edited by Bruno Ronfard (AUC Press, 2003)

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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