Machinery and Tools

Hedging and Ditching

From the 16th century onwards, small workplaces with their equipment used to be featured in the paintings in the Netherlands. One good example depicts alchemists working in research laboratories.

During this period, scenes of everyday life were a common art theme. Then, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, numerous paintings showing workshops of professionals such as curling stone makers, violinmakers, and shipwrights were produced. However, with the rise of factories, craftsman workshops became rarer and artists lost their interest in this kind of paintings.


With their detailed production lines and machinery, a factory is an odd but mesmerising theme in art. Also, it has various kind of portrayals like makers of carpets, medicines, guns, and hats. In World Wars I and II, war artists attached special importance on factory work into their paintings.

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