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Le Nain

(lə năN), family of French painters consisting of three brothers: Antoine Le Nain, 1588?–1648, Louis Le Nain, 1593?–1648, and Mathieu Le Nain, 1607–77. They went to Paris from Laon c.1629 and were admitted to the Académie royale at the time of its foundation in 1648. It is believed that much of their work was done in collaboration. Antoine excelled in painting colorful miniatures of family scenes. Mathieu became painter to the city of Paris in 1633 and specialized in portraiture and in depicting the city militia. Louis is credited with the conception of the famous Le Nain genre scenes of peasant life. At a time when allegorical compositions in France were the rule, these pictures are unique in the choice of peasants as subject matter, treated sympathetically and realistically, and yet arranged in almost classical compositions. Among the paintings by the Le Nain brothers may be cited The Forge and Peasants' Repast (Louvre) and Portrait Group (National Gall., London).
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It is hard to imagine many modern painters collaborating in the manner of the Le Nain brothers or the Carracci, who, when asked about the authorship of sections of their frescoes, are said to have answered 'it is by the Carracci, we did it together'.
Take for instance, the 17th century genre paintings by the Le Nain brothers, Antoine (ca.
His was not the fate of Vermeer or the Le Nain brothers, whose works were lost to posterity between the late 17th and the 19th century and had to be rediscovered almost ex nihilo.
To be sure, the Le Nain brothers and Georges de la Tour are fully covered, but Allen could also have dealt with still-life and portrait painting in the first half of the century (briefly tackled in the chapter 'The Academy and Charles Le Brun', but Dupuis and Picart for still life and Daret for the portrait are overlooked) as well as with genre scenes, with the Tassels.