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At the Monastery Fountain, 1836

Leopold Museum,
Oil on wood
74.5×96 cm


  • Friedrich Gauermann

    (Scheuchenstein near Miesenbach 1807–1862 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Friedrich Gauermann (1807–1862) presents a busy rural scenery At the Monastery Fountain. Numerous horses, cows, sheep and goats are led to the fountain in the center of the picture, adorned by a pillar with a statue of the Virgin Mary. A little girl is passing a jug to a young man, laundresses are chatting in traditional costumes, a couple is locked in a struggling embrace behind the fountain. As in many of his other works, the artist combined topographical studies of various places to create a new reality. The Gothic gate is taken from a preceding study of the Franciscan Church in Salzburg. The fountain is the city fountain of Zell am See, which Gauermann – along with some of the figures in traditional costumes – used as a pictorial element in other works. Warm sunlight falling sideways through the trees turns genre scenes, architecture and landscape into an atmospheric unity. In keeping with the zeitgeist of the Biedermeier era, rural life is reinterpreted as an idyllic form of existence.

Object data

  • Friedrich Gauermann
At the Monastery Fountain
Art movement
Oil on wood
74.5×96 cm
Signed and dated lower right: F. Gauermann 1836
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 2065
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Meisterwerke Leopold Museum, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Köln 2018.
  • Elisabeth Leopold/Rudolf Leopold u.a.: Leopold Museumsführer Deutsch, Wien 2016.
  • Leopold Museum Wien. Österreichische Kunst des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts, hrsg. von Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, München u.a. 2008.
  • Leopold. Meisterwerke aus dem Leopold Museum Wien, hrsg. von Rudolf Leopold und Romana Schuler, Köln u.a. 2001.
  • Rupert Feuchtmüller: Friedrich Gauermann, Rosenheim 1987.

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Auktion: 24.10.1989, Sotheby´s New York, 19th Century European Paintings and Drawings, Los Nr. 51; (1)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1989-1994);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994)

  1., Eintrag zu Friedrich Gauermann, Der Dorfbrunnen (1836), mit Abb. (Abfrage: 17.10.2022)

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