Saturday, March 10, 2012
Frans Hal, The Old World's Modern Portrait Painter
I'm reading Victoria Lisi's Vibrant Children's Portraits,(Amazon). Her how-to paint kids reminded me of my absolute favorite portrait of a child: THE LAUGHING BOY BY FRANS HALS, GOLDEN AGE DUTCH PAINTER OF THE BAROQUE STYLE.
I am awed by the difficulty of this expression and how well it was handled not only in this painting, but throughout Hals painting career.Frans Hals was exceptional portrait painter. There were just a few paintings of stiff nobleman/woman, groups recorded for posterity. His most exceptional work, however,were more like snapshots of folks enjoying life's pleasures. His brush strokes gave the impression of speed, no careful blendings, just loose strokes which made him way ahead of his time. His loose handling of paint and his in-the-moment Impressionistic figurative subjects makes him a real favorite.
YOUTUBE VIEWS OF THE PAINTER WHO DIED OF ALCOHOLISM, AS YOU MIGHT HAVE SUSPECTED: