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The Brothers Le Nain

Brothers Antoine, Louis, and Mathieu Le Nain shared a workshop in Paris in the 17th century, collaborating so closely that they didn’t include a first initial when they signed their paintings. Although best known for their peasant scenes, rendered in a highly naturalistic style and with evident sympathy, they also produced altarpieces, portraits, miniatures, and other works. The first major U.S. exhibition to be devoted to the trio, The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of Seventeenth-Century France brings together more than 50 of their paintings and presents new research on the authorship, dating, and meaning of their works.