Frans Hals - Merrymakers at Shrovetide

Frans Hals (1582/83 – 1666)
Merrymakers at Shrovetide, ca. 1615
Oil on canvas. 51 3/4 x 39 1/4 in. (131.4 x 99.7 cm)

Frans Hals’s brave brushwork at the Metropolitan

The exhibition ‘Frans Hals in the Metropolitan Museum’ features 13 paintings by the Dutch Golden Age master of portraiture. From July 26 through October 10, 2011.

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“What a joy it is to see a Frans Hals” – Vincent van Gogh

Along with Rembrandt and Vermeer, Frans Hals is the most famous painter of the Dutch Golden Age. His brave and painterly brushwork marked the evolution of 17th century portraiture, and it was very admired by the Impressionist painters. In a press note, the Metropolitan Museum describes Frans Hals as “one of the most familiar and accessible of the Old Master painters”.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York holds one of the most important collections of works by Hals in the world, including 11 autograph paintings. All these paintings are featured in the exhibition, along with other two lent from private collections, as well as several works by other Netherlandish masters related to Hals.

Highlights of the exhibition include the spectacular “Merrymakers at Shrovetide” (ca. 1616) from the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum, and the beautiful “Fisher Girl” (1630-32), from a private collection in New York.

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