Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Close-Up II: Frans Hals

Here is another close-up from the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford.  Look at how the hair and beard are painted with quick, short brushstrokes.  And the hooded, tired eyes are produced by just take a few strokes.

Frans Hals was one of the greatest portrait painters of the 17th century.  This is a portrait from 1644 of Joseph Coymans, a wealthy Dutch merchant.

30 comments:

Steffe said...

Frans had probably done a few portraits before he met Joseph. I wonder how many sitting a painting like this one took?

Kate said...

Since I'm "into hats," I think that this one suits the subject very well! I think I should research the evolution and style of hats, don't you. I also think that this must be a magnificient museum.

Sharon said...

Such a different style from the Van Gogh you showed yesterday.

Karl said...

Very interesting these close-ups, Jack, you had a good idea! The photos are very clear, without tripod... You have a very steady hand.

Honest Abe said...

There is a good book about the Dutch Masters. This is another very nice portrait. Not sure if this is done is layers or wet in wet. Nice results.

David Thomas said...

It's always fun to compare eyes. Often they say different things. Like the photo of Putin yesterday in the news. One eye was full of tears. But the other one said something else.

Cathy Hudspeth said...

Thanks for bringing the art of Hartford here to all of us all over the world. I appreciate your commentary.

Halcyon said...

It is amazing to see the work close up. It's just not the same as when you step away from it. So many details!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Hmmm! I wonder if he was a bit of a 'ladies' man Jack, those lips look rather sensual don't you think!

The sculptures are all for sale Jack, so I think the artists hope that they will be bought, but if not they are packed up and on to an exhibition somewhere else in the world, not as nice as Cottesloe Beach though!

Luis Gomez said...

These are great Jack!

Taken For Granted said...

Enjoying your photos of portraits both yesterday and today. Interesting to compare the different styles.

Cezar and Léia said...

Impressive eyes!This portrait is magnificent!
Léia

VP said...

Great artist, wonderful portrait!

Lowell said...

From some of your comments I'd guess you are an artist or have done some painting. It's a magnificent portrait of a very interesting-looking man.

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Malyss said...

Painting seems so easy whe you show it that way! But i'm sure that I won't be able to do the same even if I copy it..

cieldequimper said...

Now that IS one of my favourites. I could spend hours looking at Hals' paintings.

jennyfreckles said...

The subject certainly looks like a 'fat cat' compared with the impoverished artist of yesterday!

RedPat said...

The talent is so wonderful to see. Such a different style and technique from yesterday's pic!

JM said...

This is a great painting! Love the close-up.

Bruce Clark said...

Nice work, Jack. Love how you make me feel right at the museum in the second shot.

Regina K said...

I like that top shot with your explanation of the brush strokes. With the photo and your information I felt as though I were on a tour. Excellent!

Michelle said...

Such talent to make a painting look like a photograph. I do love his hat.

Jenny Woolf said...

I like Hals, his people always look so lively and healthy! We discovered there is a Hals in a mansion near us, which is open to the public. We never even knew it was there!

SRQ said...

What a great looking face. Love the pinkish hue in his cheeks, those droopy eyes and noble nose -- in the close-up pic. I don't care for him so much in the wide shot. Probably has more to do with his cape/clothing than anything else. Interesting piece, Jack.

Randy said...

I think he would have a hard time getting a date these days in that outfit.

Tash said...

I like Joe's whiskers.

"Ha-ha" on your comment today.

Virginia said...

Like you, I like to get up close and personal with a painting. The gaurds don't share my enthusiasm for such however. I'm always being asked to step back!
V

EG Wow said...

I would love to be this talented! It's not hard to believe that he was one of the greatest of his time.

CaT said...

ow, i see you are visiting some dutch painters!
when going to museums here, im always impressed by the huge amount of european art they have... and often indeed quite some dutch too, be it very famous or less well known. i really like museums here, usually they have quite some from a wide range of different "things"

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Many riches abound in this museum.