In the oil sketch Farm House in the Rain, Marie Egner (1850–1940) shows an unspectacular pictorial motif, whose poetry, however, informed by an idyllic conception, is exploited to the full. An ascending rain-soaked path leads—past walls, old wooden fence panels and a large-looming tree—up to a farmstead marked by dilapidation. Animals can be made out in light sketchy patches of color, which are in contrast with the somber colors of the painting. A figure carrying an umbrella and especially the bright light reflexes in the puddling water suggest heavy raining. Egner had met Emil Jakob Schindler (1842–1892) around 1880 and attended his private school of painting in Plankenberg Castle in Lower Austria for several years. In her poetic approach to nature and devotion to homely motifs, she is considered as his perhaps most faithful pupil.