A Peasant Family

Antoine Le Nain French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 622

The Le Nain brothers are famous for their sensitive portrayal of rural life, which they depicted without the ridicule found in many earlier images. It is often difficult to distinguish which of the three brothers executed a given painting, and this oil on copper has been attributed to both Antoine and Louis. A new taste for realism in the mid-1800s solidified the Le Nain brothers’ place in a canon of French painting that included Gustave Courbet and Edouard Manet.

A Peasant Family, Antoine Le Nain (French, Laon ca. 1600–1648 Paris), Oil on copper

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