Dufy, RaoulHarvest Scene with Steam Threshing Machine

Harvest Scene with Steam Threshing Machine
Watercolour by Raoul Dufy (1877-1953)

With broad areas of colour washes and clean lines giving it a free, dynamic air, this sketch is typical of Dufy’s technique. Despite the apparently rapid execution of the painting, Dufy laboured carefully over the composition to get the desired effect, capturing an image of people and machine working together in harmony during the harvest. Observational sketches such as this were later developed into a series of studio based oil paintings completed in 1945. Dufy had entered employment when he was only fourteen years old, and supported himself through night school. He emerged as one of the most prolific artists of the early twentieth century, exhibiting alongside such famous artists in as Matisse and Braque.