Friday, February 5, 2016


It is almost time to say goodbye to the Year of the Sheep, but before we do that, I want to show you some artwork that has sheep in it.  I was actually surprised to find out how many artists had painted pictures of sheep because, in my opinion, they should have been painting chihuahuas -- or at least some kind of dog.  But as we all know, artists are kind of quirky, and they tend to do whatever they want to do.  My best explanation for why artists have painted so many sheep over the years is that artists like to paint landscapes.  Sheep are often found standing around in landscapes, but you hardly ever see a chihuahua in a landscape.  This is because chihuahuas have the good sense to stay inside where it's warm and dry, which sheep do not.

Anyway, here are a bunch of pictures, and I will not offer any critique of them, so you are free to have any opinion you like, even if it's the wrong one.

Sheep and Goat; artist unknown.  Freer Gallery of Art

A Goat, Sheep and a Dog Resting in a Landscape, Philipp Peter Roos (1651-1705)

Our English Coasts, 1852, William Holman Hunt, Tate Museum

Sheep, 1942, Salvador Dali

Sheep Shearing, 1675-80?  Adam Colonia, Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dog Protecting Sheep in Winter, Edwin Landseer (1802-1873)

Woolmark Co. Sheep Art Campaign

Sheep by the Sea, 1865, Rosa Bonheur, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.

A Flock of Sheep in a Snowstorm, Joseph Farquharson (1846-1935)

Telephone Sheep, 2006, Jean Luc Cornec, Museum Für Kommunikation, Frankfurt

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