(Damville 1875 – Puteaux 1963)
Haleurs / Haulers
Signed by the artist lower right
The Haleurs or (Haulers) were a favorite subject of Villon. These are people who pull boats to harbor or along canals. Based on the woman’s clothing, this is most likely a scene in Brittany.
Jacques Villon was born Gaston Emile Duchamp and was the half brother of the artists Marcel Duchamp and Raymond Duchamp Villon.
He adopted the name Jacques Villon in honor of the French poet François Villon.
Villon began his career as a caricaturist and illustrator for a variety of magazines in Paris. His early work was influenced by Edgar Degas and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. Later he was considered part of the cubist movement. This early work shows strong influence from Toulouse-Lautrec.