Woman with a Water Jug
|Type||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||45.7 cm × 40.6 cm (18.0 in × 16.0 in)|
|Location||Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York|
Woman with a Water Jug, also known as Young Woman with a Water Pitcher, is a painting finished between 1660–1662 by the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer in the Baroque style. It is oil on canvas, 45.7cm x 40.6 cm, and is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
A young woman is found in the center of the picture. She is opening a window with her right hand, while she holds a water jug with her left hand. This jug rests on a larger platter. Both objects, among other objects, are upon on a table. This is decorated with a red-colored tablecloth. Behind the table stands a chair upon which lies a blue material. The woman gazes out the window. The clothing of the woman consists of a dark blue dress with a black and gold overpiece. A white cloth serves as her headpiece. A map hangs in the background on the wall.
This painting is one of a closely related group painted in the early to mid-1660s where the artist appears to be moving away from an emphasis on linear perspective and geometric order. He seems to be moving to a simpler form using only one figure and emphasizing the use of light.
Young Woman with a Water Pitcher was purchased by Henry Gurdon Marquand in 1887 at a Paris gallery for $800. When Marquand brought it to the United States, it was the first Vermeer in America. Marquand donated the artwork along with other pieces in his collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
- Essential Vermeer: Young Woman with a Water Pitcher
- smARThistory: Young Woman with a Water Pitcher
- Young Woman with a Water Pitcher - Analysis and Critical Reception
- "Vermeer's Young Woman with a Water Jug and What Men and Women Are Hoping for in Marriage by Julie and Robert Jensen
- Essay on this painting from the book Beauty and Terror by Brian A. Oard
- The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer, exhibition catalog fully online as PDF from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which contains material on Woman with a Water Jug (cat. no. 7)
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