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Intertwining poems and woodcuts both by the artist Wassily Kandinsky himself, ‘Klänge’ is a pioneering example of an artist's book. See what else unfolds in ‘Historic Futures,’ on view through February 26th.


Klänge | Wassily Kandinsky | 1913
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01/15/2017 at 18:29. Facebook
One of the most exciting inclusions in 'The Brothers Le Nain' is this newly discovered painting of the biblical figure, Mary Magdalene.

The composition and use of light indicate that the brothers could have been inspired by the work of Georges de La Tour, who painted his own version of Magdalene circa 1635/1640. La Tour's 'Old Man' and 'Old Woman' paintings can be found hanging next to each...
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01/13/2017 at 20:33. Facebook
"Just as important as understanding the works collectively, is acknowledging the settings for which they were commissioned. 'The Nativity of the Virgin' is one of several works that was commissioned from the Le Nains for Notre-Dame."

We take a trip to France and the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris in our latest blog post to examine the origins of one of the Le Nain's most impressive works.

“The Nativity of the Virgin” on Loan from Notre-Dame

Legion of Honor Museum
01/13/2017 at 00:51. Facebook
"The Le Nains' pictures, at their best, are something else again. They do not just contain metaphors, they are metaphors."

See the exhibition Art in America called "superbly curated" before it closes this month!


Before Realism | Art in America Magazine

Legion of Honor Museum
01/12/2017 at 00:24. Facebook
'Peasants before a House' comes from our permanent collection and underwent conservation in our lab to remove a yellowed varnish (and later restorer's overpaint) prior to being displayed. The painting contains wispy strokes, delicately painted with the tip of a brush.

GIVEAWAY: Based on the following statements, who do you think painted this work? Comment below for the chance to win a pair of...
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01/10/2017 at 00:33. Facebook
"The exhibit represents the scientific and artistic outcomes of a unique, creative collaboration—it is more than a conglomerate of investigative methods. We see social class, scientific progress, and a desire to live beyond the confines of our physical selves—situations and objectives that mirror our own."

Scientists, Egyptologists, physicians, museum curators and conservators worked together...
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REVIEW: The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor

Another LeNain-imal has been spotted in the galleries! This time in the form of a delicately painted ginger cat.

Don't forget to spot them all before 'The Brothers Le Nain' travels to Louvre-Lens!


'Preparations for the Dance' | Le Nain | ca. 1640-45
Join Stanford University's Alexander Nemerov in a close investigation of a single painting in 'The Brothers Le Nain' this weekend. This free lecture offers a deep dive into the complexities of the mysterious Old Masters and their subject matter.

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Opening this month, 'Auguste Rodin: The Centenary Installation' begins a year of celebrations marking the life of Auguste Rodin, including a series of artist interventions featuring Urs Fischer, Sarah Lucas and an Austrian master of Modernism.


'Victor Hugo' | Auguste Rodin | 1883
Happy New Year from our works on paper collection! Wishing you a delightful start to 2017.


'New Year's Day in Tokyo' | Helen Hyde | 1914
"Wilde insisted, with typical mocking Irish wit, on the whim and arbitrariness of one’s choices, maintaining that 'all art is quite useless.'"

A new exhibition in Paris explores the life of Oscar Wilde and his connection to the art world, featuring works by Aubrey Beardsley and our own 'Love and the Maiden' by John Roddam Spencer Stanhope, via Hyperallergic.

Seeing Through Oscar Wilde's Dandy Façade | Hyperallergic

Realism is a common theme when studying a Le Nain painting, from the worn appearance of clothing to a misplaced blade of straw.

French art critic Champfleury wrote that the brothers belonged "to that group of masters that are idiotically called genre painters" but insisted "they are historians," providing sober depictions of the rural lower classes.


'The Adoration...
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'Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia' has made it into the San Francisco Chronicle's round-up of the top cultural happenings in the Bay Area during 2016!

As the year draws to a close, what have some of your favorite exhibitions of the last 12 months been?

Top 10 Visual Arts Events of 2016 | San Francisco Chronicle

*Reminder that we are open today, so stop by for mummies, Old Masters and more!*

Mummy Monday: It's not just our Ancient Art department making use of medical technology to advance what we know about mummies and life in Ancient Egypt.

Curators in Sydney teamed up with the British Museum to virtually unwrap several 3,000 year-old mummies, via Travel + Leisure.


New 3D Technology Unwraps Ancient Mummy Secrets

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from us and the brothers Le Nain! May your day be full of family, feasting and as much adoration as depicted in this oil on canvas.

'The Adoration of the Shepherds' | Le Nain | ca. 1635
Reminder that we will be closed this Sunday but open on Monday, December 26th instead! Check our website for up-to-date holiday hours.


'The Adoration of the Shepherds' | Le Nain | ca. 1635-40
"Between 1914 and 1926, when he died, he painted essentially nothing else. He just painted the pond. And it was as if he was bewitched by it."

What is it about water lilies that so famously captivated Monet? Find out with the help of NPR.

90 Years On, Claude Monet's Water Lilies Still Captivate

Mummy Monday: Ancient Egyptians believed amulets were magical and that the powers of an amulet were based on its shape.

Reminder that we'll be closed this Sunday, December 25th. If you're planning a visit to see Old Masters, pins or ancient Egyptian treasures over the holidays, visit our website for info on up-to-date opening hours.


Headrest amulet...
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GIVEAWAY: It's time for another Le Nain attribution lesson! Based on the following statements, who do you think painted the work below? Comment below for the chance to win a pair of tickets to the exhibition. Entries close on Monday at 12pm and a winner will be picked at random.

Antoine - a successful portraitist who lacks a sure command of perspective
Louis - favors featuring children with...
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Tickets for 'Monet: The Early Years' are now on sale!

This is the first major US exhibition devoted to the initial phase of Claude Monet’s career, and is not to be missed. We anticipate tickets going quickly, so be sure to purchase yours in advance.


'Luncheon on the Grass, Central Panel' | Claude Monet | 1895-66