Joseph Heinrick Ludwig Marr (German, 1807-1871)
At the Village Well
Oil on panel, signed lower left.
Painting size: 24” x 20”
Frame size: 33.5” x 29.5”
Genre painter Joseph Heinrick Ludwig Marr trained at the Academy in Munich and worked in that city as well as Hamburg and Italy. He was known for his portrayals of peasant life, exemplified by this scene of an Alpine village. The town’s inhabitants, both human and animal, are a robust lot and all are welcome at the well. Two cows lap up fresh water while a man, scythe in hand, fills a pitcher. It is the end of the day,
indicated by the herdsman on the left who sounds his horn to summon a flock of goats. The day’s work is not over, however, for the laundresses in the foreground. One woman beats a cloth on a board with considerable force while two others twist and wring a length over a vat. A handful of sprightly ducks complete the scene. Although busy, the village conveys a sense of peace, reinforced by the high mountains that seemingly protect this community.
Marr is represented in the Neue Pinakothek in Munich. He is listed in "Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zu Gegenwart" by Thieme/Becker, "Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs" by Bénézit, and "Popular 19th Century Painting: A Dictionary of European Genre Painters" by Hook and Poltimore.