Picture of Brothers Le Nain

Brothers Le Nain

Painters of Seventeenth-Century France
by C. D. Dickerson III and Esther Bell
Yale Univ Pr

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Pub Date: 2016
Format: Hardback with bw & color illus.
Pages: 453 pp.
Size: 11.00 x 11.50 inches

ISBN: 9780300218886
TB Code: 1805270
Availability: 83 in stock

A beautiful volume that brings to light the forgotten Le Nain brothers, a trio of 17th-century French master painters who specialized in portraiture, religious subjects, and scenes of everyday peasant life.

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.