Memories Of Chartres
"Stella and I first visited
Chartres after printing 'Snake Eyes' and 'Enter Autumn' in Paris.
It was December and I had a few days free from the printers;
so, we rented a car (my first driving experience in France) and drove
to Chartres. It was a grey, foggy day, but with occasional breaks of
sunlight. By the time we checked into our hotel, the blue skies had
completely disappeared and Chartres was immersed in a low-hanging fog.
We liked it because it made everything seem more mysterious.
Taking our cameras, we trooped through the narrow, ancient streets,
eventually reaching this canal, actually the river Eure. The
buildings along its banks were time-worn and stained wonderful hues
of brown, grey and burnt sienna. The double-arched bridge was
only one of many and the church spires could just be seen through
the grey, damp air. Two years later, this image, aided by my photographs,
remained in my mind and we returned to Paris to do this lithograph.
It only required 9 colors, which illustrates: its only necessary
to use as many colors as needed; don't add more just for the sake
of doing it."
(C) Rolland Golden