John Bailly, Rosetta
John Bailly, Tell El Balamin
Tell El Balamin
John Bailly, Jebel Sheikh Suleiman
Jebel Sheikh Suleiman
John Bailly, Nag Hammadi
Nag Hammadi
John Bailly, Hermopolis Magna
Hermopolis Magna
John Bailly, Cairo
John Bailly, Kom Ombo
Kom Ombo
John Bailly, Oxyrhynchus
John Bailly, Elephantine Island
Elephantine Island
John Bailly, Kom El Asl
Kom El Asl
John Bailly, Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel
John Bailly, Kom Abu Billu
Kom Abu Billu
John Bailly, El Badari
El Badari
John Bailly, El Sibu
El Sibu
John Bailly, Valley of the Kings
Valley of the Kings

“Tohu-bohu” is a series of paintings by French-American painter John Bailly that explores the origin of western civilization by reconstructing the Nile river in 14 separate paintings.

Bailly questions whether the Nile is the origin of Egypt? Is Egypt the origin of Western civilization? Could the Nile therefore be the origin of Western civilization? He considers whether and how the natural environment determines culture, and whether nature has an underlying mathematical order. To follow, could civilization also have an underlying mathematical order, and if so, might nature and civilization share a related underlying mathematical order?

Work by John William Bailly