This well-preserved picture of the early to mid-1660s is characteristic of Vermeer's mature style. Notwithstanding his remarkable interest in optical effects, the artist achieved a quiet balance of primary colors and simple shapes through subtle calculation and some revision during the execution of the work. The composition suits the theme of domestic tranquility, underscored by the basin and pitcher, traditional symbols of purity. This canvas was the first of thirteen paintings by Vermeer to enter the United States between 1887 and 1919.


  • Title: Young Woman with a Water Pitcher
  • Creator Lifespan: 1632/1675
  • Date Created: ca. 1662
  • Physical Dimensions: w399 x h457 mm
  • Type: Paintings
  • External Link: MMA
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Provenance Extent: Complete
  • Medium Extent: Complete
  • Credit Line Extent: Complete
  • Credit Line: Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1889
  • Artist: Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, Delft 1632–1675 Delft)

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