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It is still not known precisely which of the three Le Nain brothers (most probably Louis or Antoine) was the author of a series of paintings with peasant subjects. The series is prominent among Western art of the genre, for its exceptional quality and solemnity, its muted colours and the austere dignity of the figures, fixed in their attentive, stilled poses. This scene, the largest of the series, has the universality of a classical text. Wine and bread are given a emphasis that is redolent with symbolism. The Louvre has two paintings depicting peasant families by Le Nain, one of them is an austere and virile work. This one, however, strikes a note of profound intimacy, a warmth of spirit, like the atmosphere of a domestic festivity.
Paris, France, Style: French Baroque, School: Baroque, Baroque, Painting;, Painting
Style: French Baroque; School: Baroque; Baroque; Painting;
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Unknown, "The Peasant Family (detail) Family of Country People" (2022). Art and Art History Collection (Saskia). 2416.