"La Moisson" (The Harvester)

Designer: Raoul Dufy (French, Le Havre 1877–1953 Forcalquier)

Manufacturer: Atuyer, Bianchini et Férier (French, founded Lyons, 1888)

Date: ca. 1912

Medium: Printed linen

Dimensions: 72 x 47 in. (182.9 x 119.4 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Printed

Credit Line: Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1923

Accession Number: 23.116


The artist Dufy met the couturier Paul Poiret in 1911. With Poiret’s encouragement and financial backing, Dufy created a series of bold monochromatic textiles, hand block-printed in a manner suggestive of both eighteenth-century toiles de jouy and the abstract geometries of modern painting. Poiret used these principally, but not exclusively, for clothing; they soon attracted the attention of the commercial manufacturer Atuyer, Bianchini et Férier, who, much to Poiret’s chagrin, subsequently co-opted their production.