The Water Cistern ('La Fontaine')

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 Cistern' was probably exhibited at the Salon of 1773.

Key facts

Artist dates
1699 - 1779
Full title
The Water Cistern ('La Fontaine')
Date made
1733 or later (possibly 1737-9)
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
37.5 x 44.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1898
Inventory number
Location in Gallery