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louis mathieu painted brothers

A family of French painters: three brothers, Antoine (c.1588–1648), Louis (c.1593–1648), and Mathieu (c.1607–77). All were born in Laon, but worked in Paris from c.1630, and all were foundation members of the Académie in 1648. Louis is considered the best, with his large genre-scenes and groups of peasants painted in beautiful greyish greens and browns. ‘The Forge’ (Louvre) may have been painted by Louis and Mathieu together, for the brothers seem occasionally to have collaborated.

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