In 1929 Gustave De Smet moved to Deurle on the River Leie, where he gained his inspiration from the simple life of the village. Starting from a very strict post-cubist style in the late 1920s, he evolved towards a greater freedom of composition and a more realistic interpretation in a range of warm colours. The figures in Village Fair are mostly sparingly set down in a few lines. Here and there De Smet has scratched the outlines with the back of his brush in the paint, a playful manner of drawing that exposes the white base of the canvas and alternates with the black outlines. The painter also used various techniques to apply paint. Shaped areas of solid colour alternate with almost transparent, light areas that flow across the drawing.