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A Quarrel

Photo credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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The brothers Mathieu, Antoine and Louis Le Nain ran a joint workshop in Paris. Mathieu specialised in interiors with soldiers. Most Le Nain compositions are suffused with calm. Unusually, this one depicts a violent disagreement over the game being played on the drum head. The young man at the left brandishes a dagger whilst the older soldier draws his sword as he turns to face his assailant. Their companions have not yet noticed the interruption.

National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff


Date

c.1640

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 75.5 x W 93 cm

Accession number

NMW A 27

Acquisition method

accepted by HM Government in lieu of tax, 1968

Work type

Painting


National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park, Cardiff (Caerdydd) CF10 3NP Wales

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