The Brothers Le Nain opens at the Kimbell



May 22, 2016 to September 11, 2016
On view in the Renzo Piano Pavilion

The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of Seventeenth-Century France will be the first major exhibition in the United States devoted to the Le Nain brothers, Antoine, Louis and Mathieu, who were active in Paris during the 1630s and 1640s. It will gather more than 50 of their best paintings and highlight the brothers’ full range of production, with altarpieces, private devotional paintings, portraits and those poignant images of peasants on which their celebrity rests. Masterworks will come from public and private collections in Europe and North America, with major loans from the Musée du Louvre and the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, as well as museums throughout France. Until recently, the work of the Le Nains has been shrouded in mystery. Little is known of their lives, and the attribution of their paintings to the hands of the individual brothers has been hotly debated. The exhibition will debut new research concerning the authorship, dating and meaning of their works. It will be accompanied by the results of a major study of the paintings by the conservation departments of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Kimbell Art Museum.

This exhibition is organized by the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the Musée du Louvre-Lens.

–from the Kimbell

Symposia & Inaugural Lectures

The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of Seventeenth-Century France
Saturday, May 21, 2016 –

10:15 AM to 1:00 PM

In this free program inaugurating The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of Seventeenth-Century France, members of the organizing curatorial and conservation team will share discoveries made in the course of their research for the exhibition, addressing the authorship and meaning of the paintings of the elusive Le Nain brothers—Antoine, Louis, and Mathieu. No reservations required. Priority admission reserved for Kimbell members who present a current membership card at least twenty minutes before the program begins. Seating is limited.



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