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- Saturday Art: Frans Hals Marriage Portrait of Isaac Massa and Beatrix van der Laen
File:Frans Hals - Wedding portrait of Isaac Abrahamsz Massa and Beatrix van der Laan.jpg
Marriage Portrait of Isaac Massa and Beatrix van der Laen is a painting by the Dutch Golden Age painter Frans Hals, painted in and now in the.and
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Artist: "My thoughts are full of Rembrandt and Hals these days," wrote Vincent van Gogh in , and he wasn't the only modern artist who admired the 17th-century painter Frans Hals c Seeing Hals's audacious pictures made Edouard Manet into a painter of the modern city, claimed Marcel Proust: "The boldness of Frans Hals's forceful manner made such an impression on him in Holland that, back in Paris Hals's people leap out of the past. They dress up, they perform. His Young Man Holding a Skull Vanitas , in the National Gallery, was long mistaken for a portrait of Hamlet, so self-conscious and theatrical is his ostentatious meditation on death. And they are flash: Hals's Laughing Cavalier, in the Wallace Collection, is the quintessence of flash in painting. But - again the robust Cavalier is typical - these people have none of the smoothness of Van Dyck's English aristocrats.
This portrait hangs at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, along with dozens of other portraits by the Dutch Masters. So many of the subjects are frozen faced, miserable looking people, like Frans Snyder , who was a still life painter and a buddy of Hals. Hals was different, a jolly sort, the kind of guy who hoisted a few, and knew people like The Merry Drunkard. Portraits focus on the person, but there is usually a lot to see in the rest of the painting, the clothes, the jewelry, the hats, and the background. Both are used to tell us about the person pictured.
Saturday Art: Frans Hals Marriage Portrait of Isaac Massa and Beatrix van der Laen
The couple has been identified as Isaac Massa and his bride Beatrix van der Laen. The painting shows a happy couple sitting against a tree "picnic-style", with a garden scene in the distance. They smile at the viewer and look more relaxed than amorous.