Woman with a Water Jug

Woman with a Water Jug

Woman with a Water Jug
Artist Johannes Vermeer
Year 1660–1662
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.


  • Description 1
  • Provenance 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


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 as the artist was not using linear perspective and geometric order and the light was his only source of emphasis.


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. [1]

See also


  1. ^ Finding aid for the Henry Gurdon Marquand Papers, 1852-1903.

External links

  • Young Woman with a Water PitcherEssential Vermeer:
  • Young Woman with a Water PitchersmARThistory:
  • - Analysis and Critical ReceptionYoung Woman with a Water Pitcher
  • " and What Men and Women Are Hoping for in MarriageYoung Woman with a Water JugVermeer's by Julie and Robert Jensen
  • by Brian A. OardBeauty and TerrorEssay on this painting from the book
  • by Johannes VermeerThe Milkmaid, exhibition catalog fully online as PDF from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which contains material on Woman with a Water Jug (cat. no. 7)