The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of Seventeenth-Century France
'brilliant' - Wall Street Journal
In France in the 17th century, the brothers Antoine (c. 1598-1648), Louis (c. 1600/1605-1648), and Mathieu (1607-1677) Le Nain painted images of everyday life for which they became posthumously famous.They are celebrated for their depictions of middle-class leisure activities, and particularly for their representations of peasant families, who gaze out at the viewer. The uncompromising naturalism of these compositions, along with their oddly suspended action, imparts a sense of dignity to their subjects. This generously illustrated companion book to an exhibition at the Kimbell Art Museum, de Young Museum and Musée du Louvre-Lens presents more than sixty paintings highlighting the artists' full range of production. The exhibition is the first U.S. exhibition devoted to the Le Nains in almost 70 years.
Works featured include altarpieces, private devotional paintings, portraits, and the poignant images of peasants for which the brothers are best known. The book also presents new research concerning the authorship, dating, and meaning of the works by well-known scholars in the field as well as the results of a technical study of the paintings.
Recommended by the Wall Street Journal 'What to Give: Art Books 2016'
- Author: C.D Dickerson III, curator and head of sculpture and decorative arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Date published: June 2016
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0300218886
- Product Dimensions: 28.0 x 25.4 cm