The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th-Century France is the first major exhibition in the United States devoted to the Le Nain brothers—Antoine (ca. 1598–1648), Louis (ca. 1600/1605–1648) and Mathieu (ca. 1607–1677). The presentation features more than forty of the brothers’ works to highlight the Le Nains’ full artistic production, and is organized in conjunction with the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, and the Musée du Louvre-Lens in France.
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This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Kimbell Art Museum, and Musée du Louvre-Lens. Presenting Sponsor: Diane B. Wilsey. Curator’s Circle: The Bernard Osher Foundation. Conservator's Circle: Mr. Lionel Sauvage. Benefactor’s Circle: Phoebe Cowles and Robert Girard.
The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
The catalogue is published with the assistance of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment for Publications.
Le Nain, Peasants before a House, ca. 1640. Oil on canvas, 21 3/4 x 26 5/8 in. FAMSF, Museum purchase, Mildred Anna Williams Collection, 1941.7