La Fontaine (The Water Cistern)

The French title is Chardin's; La Fontaine refers to the prominent copper cistern. There are several versions of the design, including a painting dated 1733 (Nationalmuseum, Stockholm), which was exhibited at the Salon, possibly in 1734. Chardin often exhibited at the Salon paintings done many years previously. One version of 'The Water Urn' was probably exhibited at the Salon of 1773.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1699 - 1779
Full title
La Fontaine (The Water Cistern)
Date made
1733 or later
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
37.5 x 44.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1898
Inventory number
NG1664
Location in Gallery