Artist Master of the Games, French, active 17th Century
  • A Peasant Family
  • Le déjeuner rustique (alternate title)
Date ca. 1650
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 34 5/8 × 43 inches (87.9 × 109.2 cm)
Framed: 40 1/8 × 48 1/2 × 4 inches (101.9 × 123.2 × 10.2 cm)
Credit Line City of Detroit Purchase
Accession Number 28.123
Department European Painting
Not On View
Marks Stamp, on stretcher: 1655-60 Silberman, Vienna
possibly Alfred Sambon (Paris, France);
E. & A. Silberman Galleries (Vienna, Austria and New York, New York, USA);
1928-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Valentiner, William R. “A Painting by Mathieu Le Nain.” Bulletin of the DIA 10, no. 4 (January 1929): pp. 47-49 (ill.).

Heil, Walter. Catalogue of Paintings in the Permanent Collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1930, cat. 125 (ill.).

A Guide to the Collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts of the City of Detroit. Detroit, 1930, p. 11.

Wilenski, Reginald Howard. French Painting. Boston, 1931, pp. 49, 52, pl. 30b.

Fierens, Paul. Les Le Nain. Paris, 1933, pp. 44, 64, fig. LXIX. [listed as in Detroit, former collection Alfred Sambon]

Barnaud, Germaine. Le Nain: peintures, dessins. Exh. cat., Petit Palais. Paris, 1934, p. 66. [citation under cat. 60, not in exhibition, noted as copy of the exhibited work]

Loan Exhibition of Paintings by Georges de la Tour, Antoine Le Nain, Louis Le Nain, Mathieu Le Nain. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1937, cat. 46.

Scheyer, E. Baroque Painting. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1937, pp. 40-41 (fig. 16).

Schoolman, Regina and Charles E. Slatkin. The Enjoyment of Art in America. Philadelphia and New York, 1942, p. 535, pl. 481.

Richardson, Edgar Preston ed. Detroit Institute of Arts Catalogue of Paintings. Detroit, 1944, pp. 77-78, no. 125. [as Mathieu le Nain.]

The Brothers Le Nain. Exh. cat., Toledo Museum of Art. Toledo, 1947, cat. 10 (ill.).

Anderson, George and Robert Warnock. The World in Literature. 1951, p. xiii.

Old Masters. Exh. cat., Hamilton Art Gallery. Hamilton, Ontario, 1958, cat. 21 (ill.).

Das 17. Jahrhundert in der französischen Malerei. Exh. cat., Kunstmuseum. Bern, 1959, cat. 54, pl. 8. [as attributed to Mathieu Le Nain.]

Figures at a Table. Exh. cat., Ringling Museum of Art. Sarasota, 1960, cat. 22 (ill.).

Faré, Michel. La Nature morte en France. Son histoire et son évolution du XVIIe au XXe siècle, 2 vols. Geneva, 1962, vol. 1, p. 103. [as Mathieu Le Nain.]

Cologne, Cremer & Breuer Steinzeugwerke, Krüge aus Töpfers Hand: der Meister und sein Werk im Spiegel von Dichtung und Malerei, Cologne, 1963, p. 53, (ill.).

Warnock, Robert and George Kumler Anderson. Tradition and revolt, the literature of the Age of Reason and of the Romantic Era. Glenview, 1967, viii.

Les Frères Le Nain. Exh. cat., Grand Palais. Paris, 1978, pp. 270-271, cat. 55 (ill.). [as Le Nain.]

Cuzin, Jean-Pierre. “A Hypotheses Concerning the Le Nain Brothers.” The Burlington Magazine 120, no. 909 (December 1978): 872, 875-876, p. 875.

Blunt, Anthony. “The Le Nain Exhibition at the Grand Palais, Paris: ‘Le Nain Problems.’” The Burlington Magazine 120, no. 909 (December 1978): 870, 872, 875, 877, p. 874.

La Revue du Louvre et des musées de France 29 (1979): p. 160.

France in the Golden Age: Seventeenth-Century French Paintings in American Collections. Exh. cat., Grand Palais et al. Paris, 1982, p. 363, no.12.

Rosenberg, P. Tout l'oeuvre peint des Le Nain. Paris, 1993, pp. 98, 99, cat. J11 (ill.). [as by the Master of the Games/Maitre des Jeux.]

Bajou, Thierry. “Master of the Games [Maître des Jeux].” The Dictionary of Art. London and New York, 1996, vol. 20, p. 678. [called "the Rustic Meal."]

Pursuits and Pleasures, Baroque Paintings from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Exh. cat., Dennos Museum Center, Northwestern Michigan College. Traverse City, 2003, pp. 10, 28, 29 (ill.). [as by Master of the Games, c. 1650.]

Goldfarb, Hilliard Todd ed. Richelieu Art and Power. Montreal, 2002, p.358.[citation under cat. 161- not in exhibition]