Location: Baton Rouge
This work by F. Bouton, dated 1922, depicts a more intimate, closeup view of a flock of sheep than is typical of the genre. Survived with its original gold frame, it showcases the artist's attempt to show the unity of the flock in their single-minded goals of young grass in the meadow with fresh water in the brook just beyond. Bouton has placed charming animals together in a well-balanced vista of Nature found in the lush, green European countryside. His keen sense of balance and composition are equaled by his choice of palette in oils.
Measures canvas 31 x 47.5; 36 x 51.5 overall