Friday, July 29, 2016

Art - The Brothers Le Nain


Antoine, Louis, and Mathieu - the Brothers Le Nain painted in Paris 1630s and 1640s. Fifty paintings presented at the Kimbell represent a full range of production - altarpieces, devotional paintings, portraits, and paintings of local peasant life.

The art is rich and stunning. The brothers seemed to work together seamlessly and art conservationists dig deep to compare, contrast, and attribute aspects of the works to each brother. One seemed to work better on copper, another got the details of hair and faces, another was detailed in clothing and background.

This is a fascinating exhibit and brings to life seventeenth century France.

24 comments:

  1. Hi Joanne - what a great exhibition to be able to see - fascinating to read about the three brothers ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Indeed. Talented and almost unknown

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  2. Thanks for such an interesting post Joanne.
    I've learned something today reading this. Thank you.
    Yvonne.

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  3. How neat to feature an art exhibit from many years back. Sounds fascinating!

    betty

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    1. The richness of their work was amazing

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  4. Together they sure got it done. Each having talents and making something better using them sure is the way.

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  5. Sounds like a terrific exhibit! (Says the gal who's never met a museum exhibit she didn't love...)

    They look like the Three Musketeers. :)

    Have a super weekend! Stay cool.

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    1. Yep. They had to get along or back then , swordfights settled arguments

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  6. I would love to see this too. I wonder if any of their stuff is in the Louvre? Not that I remember much of my one and only time there in 1982.

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    1. Probably. We are lucky the Kimbell got this exhibit

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  7. It's always so amazing to see creations from that long ago. I tend to wonder what their lives must have been like while painting.

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    1. Sounded like they lived "well" back in this time. They painted church frescoes and we know the church had money!

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  8. That looks like a very interesting exhibit. I haven't heard of them before. Did they combine their talents and work on one piece together or did they do individual pieces? I'd love to see it!

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    1. It was a variety. Scholars are still studying the works. They can attribute some pieces directly to each brother. Others are group efforts

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  9. How fascinating. I never heard of them but just googled them and found a bunch of interesting sites. Thanks for the introduction!!!

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    1. Glad to help. I thank the Kimbell for bringing works to the forefront

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  10. Very impressive! The only thing my brothers and I do is drink beer.

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  11. Very impressive! The only thing my brothers and I do is drink beer.

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  12. I had never heard of these artistic brothers before but I must look out for their work as you were obviously very impressed by the exhibition. Thanks for sharing :) Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

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    1. As much as you enjoy art, you would like it

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  13. This sounds like an interesting exhibit. I'm sure I would enjoy it.

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