Mathieu Le Nain
French, 1607-1677

The Painter's Studio, Nd
Oil on canvas
Purchase, Matthew Vassar Fund
Period: 17th c
Classification: Painting
Dimensions: Unframed: 28 3/4 x 35 3/8 in. (73.03 x 89.85 cm) Framed: 36 x 43 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (91.44 x 110.49 x 8.89 cm)
Signatures, Inscriptions and Markings v
Not signed
Frame: 1. Yellow paper label, top left, typed: VASSAR COLLEGE ART GALLERY/Poughkeepsie, New York/46.6/LE NAIN, Mathieu (1607-1677) attributed to/Studio of the Artist/ Oil on canvas 28 3/4 X 35 1/2 “/ Not signed or dated/Collection: Comte de Mallery/Purchase; 2. White chalk across top: DURLACHER 3 (number encircled); 3. Black crayon, top right: 56; 4. Red border paper label, top right: 3419/7; 5. White chalk, down right side: X14 327-1; 6. Red border paper label, bottom right, black ink insc.: 17-R; 7. Red paint, bottom left: VC 46.6; 8. Typed paper label, bottom left: Le Nain: In the Artist’s Atelier/Coll. Arnold Seligmann, Rey + Co./Loan 42.64.7 Berkshire Museum; 9. White chalk, up left side: 1060-1; Stretcher reverse: 1. White paper label, printed in black with ink insc., top left, abraded: SMITH COLL/MUSEUM OF ART/LO/124:44; 2. Masking tape with ink insc., top center: 1w; 3. White chalk, upper right: MS-W; 4. Red paint, top right: VC 46.6; 5. Red paint, bottom left: VC 46.6; 6. Black crayon, bottom left: 56.
(not assigned):
Provenance v
sale, February 17/18, 1796, Hamburg, purchased by Peter Hinrich Pachichefsky Comte de Mallery. with Arnold Seligmann, Rey and Co. before 1938. Sale, May 24, 1944, New York, Parke-Bernet, no. 56, as Mathieu, consigned by “Fifth Avenue Bank of N.Y., Executors” with Durlacher until 1946 when purchased by VC Art Gallery
Published References v
French Painting at the Time of Louis XIII and Louis XIV (New York: Wildenstein, 1946); Vassar College Art Gallery: Selections from the Permanent Collection (Poughkeepsie: Vassar College Art Gallery, 1967), p. 15, repr. p. 116; Birren, Faber, History of Color in Painting (New York: Reinhold, 1965), repr. p. 35, fig. 2-6; Cuzin, Jeanne Piere, “A Hypothesis concerning the Le Nain Brothers,” Burlington Magazine, 120 (December 1978), p. 876, repr. p. 872, fig. 109; Rosenberg, Pierre, “L’exposition Le Nain: une proposition,” Revue de L’Art, 43 (1979), p. 97, repr. p. 98; VC Art Gallery: Paintings 1300-1900 (Poughkeepsie: VC Art Gallery, 1983), p. 143, repr.; Wine, Dr. Humphrey, National Gallery Catalogues: 17th-Century French Paintings (London: National Gallery, 2002), p. 208, repr. fig. 2.
Exhibition History v
Paris, Petit Palais, “Exposition Le Nain, Peintures, Dessins,” 1934. Cat. no. 55 (as Atelier Le Nain). Poughkeepsie, NY, Vassar College Art Gallery, “Exhibition of XVI, XVII, and XVIII Century Old Masters,” April 5-May 1, 1938. Cat no. (unknown) (as Mathieu). Pittsfield, MA, The Berkshire Museum, “Music in Art,” August 11-September 6, 1942. Cat no. 23 (as Le Nain). New York, Wildenstein & Co., “French Painting at the Time of Louis XIII and Louis XIV,” May 9-June 1, 1946. Cat. no. 27, repr. Toledo, Ohio, Toledo Museum of Art, “The Brothers Le Nain,” October 1947. Cat. no. 6, repr. Jacksonville, FL, The Cummer Gallery of Art, “The Age of Louis XIII,” October 29-December 7, 1969 (St. Petersburg, FL, the Museum of Fine Arts, January 5-February 8, 1970). Cat. no. 31, repr. Huntington, NY, The Heckscher Museum, “Mistaken Identity,” December 17-January 28, 1973. Cat. no. 12A. Poughkeepsie, NY, VC Art Gallery, "An Exhibition in Memory of Agnes Rindge Claflin 1900-1977," April 30 - June 4, 1978. Cat. no. 8. Poughkeepsie, NY, VC Art Gallery, “Problem Pictures,” November 22-December 21, 1981. Providence, RI, Bell Gallery/List Art Center, Brown University, “Children of Mercury: The Education of Artists in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries,” March 2-30, 1984. South Hadley, MA, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, “Highlights of the Vassar College Art Collection,” August 2-November 19, 1990. New York, NY, IBM Gallery of Science and Art, “Highlights from the Vassar College Collection,” July 13-September 11, 1993. Fort Worth, Texas, The Kimberll Art Museum, "The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th-Century France," May 22 - September 11, 2016, Cat. no.26, repr. San Francisco, California, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, "The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th Century France," October 8, 2016 - January 29, 2017, Cat. no.26, repr. Lens, France, Musee du Louvre-Lens, "The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th Century France," March 22 - June 26, 2017, Cat. no.26, repr.
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