The Young Card Players

Contemporaries of Rembrandt van Rijn and Diego Velázquez, the Le Nain brothers Antoine, Louis, and Mathieu – created some of the most beautiful and enigmatic paintings of the seventeenth century. These rosy-cheeked children appear to play cards innocently, however they are actually trying to cheat the well-dressed boy, second from right. While the Le Nains did not individually sign their works, recent scholarship has suggested that Antoine preffered to work on smaller, rigid supports like panel or copper. 


[Galerie Matthiessen, Berlin, by 1930]; [A.G. Kunstwerte]; [Knoedler, New York, 19 March 1935, sold to Clark, 1938]; Robert Sterling Clark (1938-1955); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.  

Antoine Le Nain

French, c. 1598 - 1648

The Young Card Players


Oil on copper mounted on panel

11 15/16 x 15 1/4 in. (30.3 x 38.8 cm) Frame: 17 5/8 x 21 1/8 x 2 1/4 in. (44.8 x 53.7 x 5.7 cm)

Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1938