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In a rather witty allusion to the Bretons’ close ties to nature, Bernard uses the same curving forms to define the women, the hay, the trees, and the clouds. His complex pattern can be read as an arrangement of rounded, abstract forms.
Bernard’s hand-coloring of this print makes it more legible, distinguishing the laborers from the mounds of hay and the lush foliage. The blue tone at center left reveals the presence of a Breton cottage tucked into the rolling hills.
The thick blue wash of the women’s dresses has the dry look of pastel and adds surface texture to this impression.