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Oil painting - Drawing Water
  • Drawing Water
    Steinlen, Marius, born 1826 - died 1866
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Drawing Water

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (possibly, painted)

  • Date:

    1855 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Steinlen, Marius, born 1826 - died 1866 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev., Chauncey Hare Townshend

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Marius Steinlen (1826-1866) was born in Vevey. He was the son of the painter Christian Gottlieb Steinlen (1779-1847) and became a pupil of J.A.Glardon in Geneva and of Gleyre in Paris.

This painting is a typical example of Steinlen's early output. This painting showing a young woman drawing water at a well in a board style and earthen palette that reveal the influence of his master Charles Gleyre. This painting was probably made in Vevey where he appeared to have stayed all his life. Rustic subject matter and everyday life scenes were quite popular during the second half of the 19th century.

Physical description

A woman wearing a long coton dress and a white headgear is drawing water at a fountain in a courtyard.

Place of Origin

Paris (possibly, painted)


1855 (painted)


Steinlen, Marius, born 1826 - died 1866 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas

Marks and inscriptions

'M. Steinlen 1855'
Signed and dated by the artist, lower left


Height: 24.4 cm estimate, Width: 19 cm estimate, :

Object history note

Bequeathed by Rev. Chauncey Hare Townshend, 1868

Historical significance: This painting is typical of the naturalist movement developed in Germanic Europe during the 19th century. Swiss painters in particular received both the influence of the Realist movement emerged in France in the 1840s and the Biedermeier imagery characterised by sentimental domestic scenes.
Schlesinger is mostly known for his paintings on enamel and this painting is therefore a rare example of his oil compositions.

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'Drawing Water', Marius Steinlen, Swiss school, 1855

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Kauffmann, C.M. Catalogue of Foreign Paintings, II. 1800-1900 , London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1973, p. 99, cat. no. 216.


Oil paint; Canvas


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Genre scene; Woman; Fountain; Courtyard




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