Monique de Rothschild is one of the most famous
French huntsman. She created a staghunt in the Compiegne's forest,
in the north of Paris. I met her in Chambord during the Saint
Hubert mass. In the afternoon, one her hounds was declared "best
in show". She was very proud of this award and between two
bubbles of Champagne, she invited me to come at her home and gave
me a commission to paint him.
We were in july and it has not been raining for
weeks. The sun was terribly hot. After a few static photographies
of her hounds, I asked Monique de Rothschild if it was possible
to have her pack of staghounds in movement.
Her whipper-in brought the hounds at the end of a field and she
walked to the opposite corner. I was lying on the ground in the
middle. When Monique called them, her hounds came galloping in
a dust cloud. They ran and jumped over me.
At that exact instant, I was not so proud
In this watercolour, my aim was to try
to show the heath and the dust of this summer day.
Just two colours in this camaieu, indigo and ochre. I painted
the hounds first before to paint the background wet on wet.