Landscape with figures, or the Resting Horseman (La Halte du Cavalier)

Landscape with figures, or the Resting Horseman (La Halte du Cavalier)

Landscape with figures, or the Resting Horseman (La Halte du Cavalier)
Probably by Louis Le Nain (1593-1648)
Probably 1640s
Paris
Oil on canvas
54.6 x 67.3 cm
Museum no. CAI.17
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides

The brothers Antoine, Louis and Mathieu Le Nain shared a studio in Paris from about 1630. They specialised in scenes of the poor, depicting them with a sombre dignity that was unusual for the period. These paintings were once criticised for ‘their low and often ridiculous actions’, but by the 1850s they were admired for their realism.