02-16-2014
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Painting by Frans Hals, 1625

Frans the Jolly

The painter Frans Hals (1583-1666) usually painted people.

Common people, but rich people as well because they could pay him well. This was necessary because he regularly ran into trouble with creditors. He needed quite a lot of money, if only because of his large household – he had 14 children.

He painted his last works when he was well over 80 years old; group pictures of the regents of the ‘Oudemannenhuis’ (Old men’s home).

The American writer Michael Kernan has written a beautiful book about the fictive discovery of the diaries of Frans Hals. The painter is portrayed as a jolly bon-vivant.




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Title:

Author:
Michael Kernan

Genre:
novel

Time:
1616-1664

Locations:
Haarlem


Trivia: With reproductions of a number of paintings.

 

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XgsQqCWT (07-12-2016 13:58):
Your cranium must be prcioettng some very valuable brains.


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