THEODORE JOURDAN (Salon-de-Provence 1833-1908 Marseilles)
Portrait of a griffon
signed ‘T. Jourdan’ (lower left)
oil on paper
814 x 1078 in. (21 x 27.5 cm)
Anonymous sale; Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 26 March, 2014, lot 178.
with W.M. Brady & Co., New York.
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Born in Provence, Jourdan studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Marseilles before joining the fellow provençalartist Émile Loubon in Paris. This portrait of a griffon differs from the views of Southern France for which Jourdan is best known, even if animals such as sheep occasionally appear in his works (Marseilles, Musée des Beaux-Arts, inv. 492, 774, 1662).
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