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Frans Hals - The Man
THE Hals family had long been identified with Haarlem. For a full two centuries we are told that the name occurs in the archives of the city. The ancestors of Frans Hals had served in many offices of trust and dignity.
The Artist Life Of Frans Hals
HERE is a man, born, as we have seen, probably between 1580 and 1584; therefore thirty-two to thirty-six years old (the latter more probably) when his first known picture of importance, and that a picture of the first importance, namely, The Banquet of the St. Joris Shooting Company (1616), is painted.
Frans Hals - The Boyhood At Antwerp
IT has seemed to be the method which should in the long run make most for clearness, that I should in the preceding chapter frankly state the case with regard to the difficulties in the early artistic career of Hals, before attempting to fill in the great blank with conjecture.
Frans Hals - At Haarlem
IN Chapter III we have seen reason to believe that the Hals family migrated from Antwerp to their family city, Haarlem, not later than 1600. The landmarks in the life of Hals are very few ; but we seem to have one in the statement put forth in the second edition of the Lives of the Painters, Het Schilderboek, by Karel Van Mander, issued in 1618.
Frans Hals - The Doelen Pictures
FROM 1604 to 1614 the life of Frans Hals is a complete blank both as regards biographical notices of him and the evidence to be extracted from his own pictures. Neither source of evidence exists. Indeed it is not till 1616 that he comes before us in a really tangible shape with his first great company picture, The Feast of the Shooting Company of St.Joris (St. George).
Frans Hals - The First Doelen Group (St. Joris), 1616
THE first of Hals' great pictures, the Doelen, or Shooting Company, group of 1616, is the picture which faces one first, after mounting the staircase in the Town Hall at Haarlem.
Frans Hals - The Middle Doelen Groups
AFTER the 1616 Doelen group comes an interva of eleven years before the next shooting group, or rather pair of groups, for there are two dated in the same year, namely, 1627. Here, again, we have a mysterious gap which Scriverius, or Houbraken, or any one of them could have filled for us by five minutes of sensible writing.
Frans Hals - The St. Adriaen's Group Of 1633 And The St. George's Group Of 1639: The Regenten Group Of 1641
WE have seen Hals in his 1616 group at the opening of his known career and again eleven years later, well on his road in the two pictures just dealt with, and we have but to move a few paces to the left in the same room to find him in his full strength in his two largest Doelen groups, the St. Adriaen's of 1633 and the St. George's of 1639.
Frans Hals - The Last Two "regenten" Pictures 1664
THE last two pictures of the great series at Haarlem, representing respectively the five men Regenten of the old men's almshouse and the five women Regentessen of the same, have a singularly pathetic interest. It is difficult to criticise them in cold blood.
Frans Hals - Other Portraits: The First Period
I DO not not propose to take all the portraits which hang under the name of Hals in all the galleries. There are few tasks more monotonous both to writer and to reader than the wading through details of portraits, often of unknown persons, or of persons of no interest, the portraits themselves inaccessible, practically, to most readers.
Frans Hals - Character Portraits Of All Periods
I HAVE already expressed the opinion, which, I believe, must inevitably result to anyone who has viewed the life of Frans Hals as a consistent whole, and realized the one aim of his chief artistic purpose, which presently absorbed all others, that we must regard him even in his so-called genre pictures always as a portrait-painter.
Frans Hals - Maria Voogt, 1639, In The Rijks Museum, Amsterdam
IN dealing with the 1641 Regenten picture at Haarlem we have already mentioned the generally accepted view that during a certain period of his career, which is roughly included between the years 1635 and 1643, Hals was visibly influenced by Rembrandt.
Frans Hals - The Later Portraits
THAT Frans Hals, after the year 1641, began to fall into a habit of using dusky and sooty shadows, both for his flesh tones and for his details, has already been several times set forth.
Frans Hals - Upgatherings
THERE are many points of interest which one observes in a systematic study of any master which one does not step aside to notice in the course of a description or a discussion, because to do so interrupts the reader, and takes the attention off the leading issues.
Frans Hals - Conclusion
AS we have followed Frans Hals step by step along his career, it must often have seemed to the reader, as it has also to the writer, that one by one we were taking from him his claim to this gift or to that, until we have left him with few gifts worth having.
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