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Re: [pepysdiary] Faces Still Alive, Centuries Later

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  • Susan Thomas
    Thanks for sharing this - what a treat for those who can get to the exhibition! Wonderful portraits. ... -- Kind regards, *Susan Thomas* Emphron Informatics
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 30, 2011
      Thanks for sharing this - what a treat for those who can get to the exhibition! Wonderful portraits.

      On 30 July 2011 11:19, terry foreman <terry.foreman@...> wrote:
      The most useful knowledge we have about the great 17th-century Dutch
      painter Frans Hals is what we glean from the vibrant, shimmering
      surfaces of his art. He was an amazingly gifted technician, capable of
      defining the human face in passages of seemingly quick, vivacious
      brush strokes that convey both physical solidity and expressive
      fluidity. He was also something of an empath, intuitively alert, it
      would seem, to what was going on behind those faces. He approached his
      subjects with an open, nonjudgmental equanimity, whether he depicted
      them singly or in groups, in dignified repose or unbridled revelry.

      Combining these strengths, Hals (1582 or ’83-1666) created some of the
      liveliest, most accessible images of men, women and children in the
      history of European painting. As seen in a small gem of an exhibition
      devoted to Hals at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, his subjects, now
      at least 340 years old and counting, appear to inhabit a physical and
      psychic space that is nearly continuous with our own.

      Organized by Walter Liedtke, the Met’s curator of Dutch and Flemish
      painting, “Frans Hals in the Metropolitan Museum” is the museum’s
      latest attempt to illuminate simultaneously the history of art and its
      own institutional evolution by capitalizing on its permanent
      collection. It is more concisely shaped than some of its predecessors,
      partly because the Met owns only 11 confirmed Hals paintings — albeit
      more than any other American museum. Since all but two were purchased
      by their donors and given to the Met from 1887 to 1913, the show
      definitely reaches back in time. But mainly it provides a remarkably
      full tutorial on Hals’s achievements.

      [the rest...]




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      Kind regards,

      Susan Thomas

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