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Poster - Le Sillon
  • Le Sillon
    Toussaint, Fernand, born 1873 - died 1939
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Le Sillon

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Brussels (printed)

  • Date:

    1895 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Toussaint, Fernand, born 1873 - died 1939 (artist)
    Rycker, O. de (printmaker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MM, shelf 14

This poster by Fernand Toussaint advertises an exhibition by the artists’ group Le Sillon, which was active in Brussels in the 1890s. It shows a romantic image of a woman cutting flowers, surrounded by foliage. Toussaint was primarily a painter, but when he created this image he achieved instant recognition in the field of poster design. The colours are soft and glowing, and the lines have the flowing quality typical of Art Nouveau imagery. Le Sillon is French for furrow, and the image symbolises the aims and expression of a young artist making his mark.

Physical description

A poster showing a woman with a long blonde hair, surrounded by flowers, harvesting with a sickle. The words 'Le Sillon' printed across the bottom half of the design.

Place of Origin

Brussels (printed)


1895 (printed)


Toussaint, Fernand, born 1873 - died 1939 (artist)
Rycker, O. de (printmaker)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'Le Sillon'
Lettered within th design

'Affiches d'Art O. De Rycker & Cie Bruxelles'
Lettered at the bottom of the sheet

Near the bottom left corner is a monogram incorporating a flower and the words 'Le Sillon'


Height: 109.9 cm size of sheet, Width: 90.2 cm size of sheet

Object history note

This poster was reproduced as Pl.80 in Les Maitres de l'Affiche, Paris, 1897, of which an example is in the Department of Prints and Drawings, E.3105-1938.

Descriptive line

'Le Sillon'. Poster designed by Fernand Toussaint, with an illustration of a woman harvesting and surrounded by flowers. Colour lithograph, Belgium, 1895.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1963 . London: HMSO, 1964.

Labels and date

'American and European Art and Design 1800-1900'

This poster advertises an exhibition by the artists' group Le Sillon (The Furrow). Its designer, the painter and poster artist Fernand Toussaint studied at the Brussels Academy under Portaels. He contributed to exhibitions held by Le Sillon and La Libre Esthétique, and also, 1910, to the Salon of the Société des Artistes Français in Paris. The poster for Le Sillon was said in 1897 to be his earliest. Toussaint entrusted his posters to the famous Brussels lithographer O. de Rycker, who excelled in the printing of subtle, luminous colours. [1987-2006]

Subjects depicted

Exhibition; Flowers; Harvest; Sickle; Hair


Prints; Advertising; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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