The startling technique of this drawing reflects the ideas of the movement in French painting known as Pointillism or Divisionism. Its most famous practitioner, Georges Seurat (1859-1891), developed a technique of dividing broad areas of color into short strokes of individual hues of paint. Seurat's friend Charles Angrand was influenced by this method, and both artists developed a related technique for their drawings. In the sheet shown here, Angrand used a black, manufactured charcoal stick on a paper textured with tiny ridges. The highest of these ridges hold the charcoal, but the paper shows through in the small spaces between them. This creates the effect of a soft, diffuse, evening light that dissolves the curved shapes of haystacks and turns the landscape into an expansive abstraction of nature.