The Brothers Le Nain

Painters of Seventeenth-Century France

C. D. Dickerson III and Esther Bell; With prefaces by Colin B. Bailey and Pierre Rosenberg and contributions by Claire Barry, Emerson Bowyer, Elise Effmann Clifford, Don H. Johnson, Frédérique Lanoë, Nicolas Milovanovic, and Alain Tallon

View Inside Price: $75.00


June 28, 2016
472 pages, 10 x 11
275 color + 16 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300218886
Hardcover

Published in association with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

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.
 
Featuring more than sixty paintings highlighting the artists’ full range of production, including altarpieces, private devotional paintings, portraits, and the poignant images of peasants for which the brothers are best known, this generously illustrated volume presents new research concerning the authorship, dating, and meaning of the works by well-known scholars in the field. Also groundbreaking are the results of a technical study of the paintings, which constitutes a major contribution to the scholarship on the Le Nain brothers.

C. D. Dickerson III is curator and head of sculpture and decorative arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Esther Bell is curator in charge of European paintings, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. 

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

Kimbell Art Museum
(05/22/16–09/11/16)


de Young Museum, San Francisco
(10/08/16–01/29/17)


Musée du Louvre-Lens 
(03/22/2017–06/26/2017)

“Renowned for their mysterious scenes of French peasant life, Antoine, Louis, and Mathieu Le Nain are the subject of a landmark exhibition. . . . The show’s prodigiously illustrated catalogue . . . features insightful essays by curators [and] an array of distinguished scholars.”—Jonathan Lopez,  Wall Street Journal
The Wrightsman Pictures

Edited by Everett Fahy; With a preface by Pierre Rosenberg

...
View details
Chardin

Pierre Rosenberg; With Colin B.

...
View details
Masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
The Annenberg Collection

Edited by Susan Alyson Stein and Asher Ethan Miller; Texts

...
View details
From the Private Collections of Texas
European Art, Ancient to Modern

Richard R. Brettell and C. D. Dickerson III

View details
Watteau, Music, and Theater

Edited by Katharine Baetje; With an introduction by Pierre

...
View details