"Théodore Jourdan (1833-1908) Study Of Sheep Heads"Nice study of sheep heads by the great animal artist and specialist in bucolic life Théodore Jourdan. The work, made on cardboard, measures frame included 26 cm by 32 cm and 20 cm by 26 without the frame. It is in very good condition and bears the artist's TJ mongram as well as the date 79 at the bottom left. A student at the School of Fine Arts in Marseille, Théodore Jourdan completed his studies in the workshop of Émile Loubon in Paris. He mainly paints sites in Provence and especially pastoral scenes where the representation of the local Merino sheep of Arles dominates. He made his debut at the Marseille Exhibition in 1859 with A visit to Nazareth. He then exhibited at the Salon of French artists from 1865. He received a gold medal at the 1879 Universal Exhibition in Sydney. He taught at the École des Beaux-Arts in Marseille from 1874 to 1903. He bequeathed to his hometown, Salon-de-Provence, 19 large canvases as well as many drawings in exchange for a lifetime pension payable to his widow: these canvases are kept in a room that bears his name in the Musée de Salon and de la Crau. Works in public collections: Aix-en-Provence, Granet museum: A herd in Provence, 1880. Marseille: Academy of Marseille: Portrait of Jean Roque. Musée des Beaux-Arts: The Passage of the herd Return of a herd to Provence Herd of goats Portrait of a bearded man Tourcoing, MUba Eugène Leroy: Sheep at the watering place, 1881 Salon-de-Provence, Salon and La Crau: Passenger ship disembarking his sheep in Marseille; Shepherd and his sheep in Crau d'Arles; Herd in Crau; La Chevrière and his donkey; Herd of sheep in vanguard of the herd; Before dawn on the mountain; Shepherd and his flock under the mistral; Goats on the road to Cassis; The Harvest of squash in Provence; The exit of the sheepfold; Shepherdess and his flock in Lourmarin; Chevrière leading his flock; Shepherd and his flock under the storm; Shepherd in the pasture: Leaving the Sheepfold; Herd drinking from a stream in an undergrowth.