Charles Émile Jacque (1813 - 1894), c. 1870
oil on cardboard,
32 cm x 40.5 cm
The Mesdag Collection, The Hague
A small flock of sheep grazes at the edge of the forest. An old, half-dead oak tree towers above them. This subject is characteristic of Jacque, a painter who lived in Barbizon from 1849 onwards. He is known for his straightforward subject matter: a pasture, a shepherd and a flock of sheep.
Landscape with Sheep is the first Barbizon painting acquired by Hendrik Willem Mesdag for his collection. He bought it in 1874.