Charming pastoral scene representing a young goatherd with her donkey and goats on a country lane in Provence. Both she and the donkey are hauling milk canisters. Beautiful carved frame, decorated with oak and laurel leaves.
Théodore Antoine Louis Jourdan (29 July 1833, Salon-de-Provence – 3 January 1908, Marseille) was a French painter of rural genre scenes. He began his studies at the École des Beaux-Arts de Marseille and completed them in the workshops of Émile Loubon, in Paris. His paintings were mostly created in the pastoral areas of Provence. Many of his works feature the local breed of sheep known as the Mérinos d'Arles. His debut came at the Exposition Marseillaise of 1859 with "Une visite à Nazareth". After 1865, he exhibited at the Salon in Paris. In 1879, he was awarded a gold medal at the Sydney International Exhibition. He taught at his alma-mater, the École, from 1874 to 1903. His works are on display in many public and private collections.
Sources: André Alauzen and Laurent Noet, Dictionnaire des peintres et sculpteurs de Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Jeanne Laffitte, 2006; Gérald Schurr & Pierre Cabanne, Dictionnaire des Petits Maitres de la peinture, 1820-1920, Les Éditions de l’Amateur, 2008, pp.409-410; Paul Masson (General ed.), Encyclopédie départementale des Bouches-du-Rhône, Archives départementales des Bouches-du-Rhône, Marseille, 1913-1937, Vol. XI pp.266-267.
Artist: Théodore Jourdan (1833-1908).
Signed in lower right.
Medium: Oil on cardboard.
Condition: Excellent condition.
Dimensions: 25 x 35 cm. / 10 x 13 ¾ in.
Frame: 38 x 48 cm. / 15 x 19 in. Carved wood, very good condition.