At the Water Trough

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.

Title
At the Water Trough
Artist
Date
1876-1877
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
17 1414 14 in. (43.736.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Recreation – courting
  • Cityscape – Italy
  • Figure group – female and child
  • Figure group
  • Occupation – domestic – water carrier
Object Number
1978.125
Palette
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