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The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th-Century France

October 8, 2016January 29, 2017

The Fine Arts Museums present the first major exhibition in the United States devoted to the Le Nain brothers—Antoine (ca. 1598–1648), Louis (ca. 1600–1648), and Mathieu (1607–1677). Unmarried and childless, the brothers lived and worked together as they produced some of the most enigmatic and arresting paintings of their time.

Ticket Information 

Audio guides: $8 General | $7 Members

Tickets available September 1.

This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Kimbell Art Museum, and Musée du Louvre-Lens. Curator’s Circle: The Bernard Osher Foundation. Conservator's Circle: Mr. Lionel Sauvage. Benefactor's Circle: Phoebe Cowles and Robert Girard.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

The catalogue is published with the assistance of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment for Publications. 

Louis Le Nain, Peasants before a House, ca. 1640

Le Nain, Peasants before a House, ca. 1640. Oil on canvas, 21 3/4 x 26 5/8 in. FAMSF, Museum purchase, Mildred Anna Williams Collection, 1941.7

The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th-Century France

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Eadweard Muybridge, Wm. H Seward, "85 Feet in Circumference. Mariposa Grove of Mammoth Trees, No. 51", 1872
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A Gift of Artists' Books from the Reva and David Logan Foundation

Rosekrans Court, Special Exhibition Gallery F
June 18, 2016October 23, 2016

This single-gallery exhibition celebrates the recent gift of an extraordinary group of 33 artist-illustrated books and additional prints from the collection of the late Reva and David Logan. The Chicago-based couple assembled an important collection of deluxe artist books and donated approximately 300 of them to the Museums from 1998 to 2001.

Ticket Information 

Entry to this exhibition is included with general admission to the museum.

Adults $15, seniors 65+ $10, students with current ID $6, members and youths 17 and under free. Prices subject to change without notice.

Pablo Picasso, Visage [Marie-Thérèse Walter], frontispiece in Picasso, by André Level (Paris: Les Éditions G. Crès and Cie, 1928)

Pablo Picasso, Visage [Marie-Thérèse Walter], frontispiece in Picasso, by André Level (Paris: Les Éditions G. Crès and Cie, 1928). Lithograph, 8 1/2 x 5 9/16 inc. FAMSF, gift of the Reva and David Logan Foundation, 2016.15.15. © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

A Gift of Artists' Books from the Reva and David Logan Foundation


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