Chemin de Croix

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"THE TEXTS IN THIS STATIONS OF THE CROSS HAVE BEEN TAKEN FROM THE BIBLE. THESE ILLUSTRATIONS ARE BY FRANÇOISE WAUTERS. PRINTED IN GARAMOND TYPEFACE, IT CAME OUT OF THE PRESSES OF L'ABAYE DE LA CAMBRE ON THE FEAST OF ST CHRISTOPHER IN THE YEAR 1944."


Chemin de Croix is the title of a hardback book created in Brussels by Françoise Wauters during 1944 and printed at L'Abaye de la Cambre. It contains fourteen small pen-and-ink drawings, each representing a Station of the Cross, printed on a right-hand page with a title (in French) assumed to be chosen by Françoise as appropriate to the scene. Each left-hand page contains a few lines of text from Isaiah, Jeremiah, or the Psalms, again in French, and which does not particularly seem to relate to the accompanying drawing but does suggest that Françoise was well-versed in the Catholic Bible. Some of the texts are made up from different verses of the source Book or even different books.

The last page of Chemin de Croix is illustrated above, on which Françoise wrote a note by hand on 2 December 1944, the book having been printed earlier in the year. Part of the note is hard to read but it seems to read (in English): Copy drawings, [because…] the only decent original belongs to Mr Joris Minne.

Joris Minne was a Belgian engraver and sculptor under whom Françoise Wauters studied at La Cambre in Brussels.

At the start of the book a separate page contains the following text:
IL Y AURA UNE ROUTE
UNE VOIE,
QU'ON APPELLERA LA VOIE SAINTE,
NUL IMPUR N'Y PASSERA.

CEUX QUI LA TROUVERONT,
LES SIMPLES MÊME,
NE S'ÉGARERERONT PAS
LA, IL N'Y AURA PAS DE LION
AUCUNE BÊTE FÉROCE N'Y METTRA LE PIED
(Isaiah 35)

Chemin de Croix – 14 drawings by Françoise Wauters (later Taylor).

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