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Antoine Le Nain

French, c. 1598 - 1648

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. 

Medium Oil on copper mounted on panel
Dimensions 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)
Object Number 1955.787
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1938
Status On View

Image Caption

Antoine Le Nain, The Young Card Players, 1643, Oil on copper mounted on panel. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.787.


[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.