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By Walter Liedtke

Portraits and genre scenes by the great Dutch painter Frans Hals (1582/831666) are celebrated for their immediacy and dazzling brushwork. His dramatic compositions and bold technique brought his subjects to life in an unprecedented way. This book focuses upon eleven major works by Hals from the Metropolitan Museum's collection, supplemented by two Hals paintings from private collections and a selection of other Netherlandish paintings and prints.

The pictures included here span 40 years of Hals's career, from the early Merrymakers at Shrovetide of about 1616 to engaging portraits he painted in Haarlem during his later years. The author discusses the formation of Hals's style, emphasizing his stay in Antwerp in 1616 and his knowledge of Flemish masters and of contemporary critical thinking. For the first time, Hals's work is considered in the context of broader European trends, in particular the Early Baroque movement that flourished in Antwerp during the 1600s.

Walter Liedtke is Curator of European Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is the author of Vermeer and the Delft School as well as many other books on Dutch and Flemish art. This bulletin was published in conjunction with the exhibition Frans Hals in The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

48 pages, 50 full-color illustrations. 8 1/2'' x 11''. Paper.

  • 48 pages
  • 9 1/2'' x 11''
  • Paper

Editorial Reviews

"an excellent essaythat charts and dispenses with several misconceptions about Hals and his art."
      The New York Times

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Description

By Walter Liedtke

Portraits and genre scenes by the great Dutch painter Frans Hals (1582/831666) are celebrated for their immediacy and dazzling brushwork. His dramatic compositions and bold technique brought his subjects to life in an unprecedented way. This book focuses upon eleven major works by Hals from the Metropolitan Museum's collection, supplemented by two Hals paintings from private collections and a selection of other Netherlandish paintings and prints.

The pictures included here span 40 years of Hals's career, from the early Merrymakers at Shrovetide of about 1616 to engaging portraits he painted in Haarlem during his later years. The author discusses the formation of Hals's style, emphasizing his stay in Antwerp in 1616 and his knowledge of Flemish masters and of contemporary critical thinking. For the first time, Hals's work is considered in the context of broader European trends, in particular the Early Baroque movement that flourished in Antwerp during the 1600s.

Walter Liedtke is Curator of European Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is the author of Vermeer and the Delft School as well as many other books on Dutch and Flemish art. This bulletin was published in conjunction with the exhibition Frans Hals in The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

48 pages, 50 full-color illustrations. 8 1/2'' x 11''. Paper.





  • 48 pages
  • 9 1/2'' x 11''
  • Paper




Editorial Reviews

"an excellent essaythat charts and dispenses with several misconceptions about Hals and his art."
      The New York Times


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