Austrian Peasants with a Horse and Cart, with a View of Vienna in the Distance

Johann Adam Klein1816 - 1818

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

During the Napoleonic era (1799 - 1815), Austria had seen an influx of German artists. The trend persisted even after peace returned in 1815, as German artists continued to be attracted to the beauty and character of the Austrian countryside and its inhabitants.

This fresh watercolor conflates three of Johann Adam Klein's primary artistic interests: scenes of daily life, horses, and landscapes. It also reveals his layered working method: he began with energetic pencil drawing and then applied watercolor with varying degrees of density to provide bursts of color.

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  • Title: Austrian Peasants with a Horse and Cart, with a View of Vienna in the Distance
  • Creator: Johann Adam Klein
  • Date: 1816 - 1818
  • Location Created: Germany
  • Physical Dimensions: 13.5 x 20.1 cm (5 5/16 x 7 15/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Watercolor over graphite (recto); graphite (verso)
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Drawing
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 2009.66
  • Markings: Stamped in turquoise ink in the lower left corner: Sammlung C. Jahn; Purple collection stamp in the lower right corner
  • Inscription: Inscribed in graphite in the lower right corner: TMTT- (?)
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: German
  • Classification: Drawings