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At the Water Trough

1876-1877 J. Alden Weir Born: West Point, New York 1852 Died: New York, New York 1919 oil on canvas 17 1/4 x 14 1/4 in. (43.7 x 36.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1978.125 Not currently on view


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At the Water Trough is an early work by J. Alden Weir, which he painted in the fall of 1876 after returning to Paris from a trip to Spain. It is the only known painting from this trip, and was based on sketches and photographs that Weir made in the Spanish city of Granada. This scene, which shows people gathering at a water fountain to exchange news and take a rest from their daily chores, would have been a common sight in Spain at that time, as indoor plumbing was not yet widespread. The painting was exhibited the following year at the National Academy of Design in New York.

Keywords

Cityscape - Italy

Figure group

Figure group - female and child

Occupation - domestic - water carrier

Recreation - courting

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About J. Alden Weir

Born: West Point, New York 1852 Died: New York, New York 1919

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