Observations in Egypt

WORKS IN WATERCOLOR

These paintings were done early last year on a trip up the Nile. They include a street scene in Cairo (on this and the opposite page) and a boat that ferries working people across the Nile (page 50). My purpose on the trip was to see various temples, but the subjects that attracted me most strongly were the garment workers I saw, working alone in doorways and nooks, as I walked down a thousand-year-old street in Aswan. I have dealt with garment workers throughout my painting life, partly because I find the garments themselves very colorful and romantic, and partly because of my family background: both my father and my grandfather were garment workers in New York, and I’ve always associated with people in the industry. —D.L.