“Banket of officers of the company of St. Adriana ”, France Hals – a description of the picture

“Banket of officers of the company of St. Adriana ”, France Hals – a description of the picture
“Banket of officers of the company of St. Adriana ”, France Hals - a description of the picture - 1

  • Posted by France Hals
  • Museum: Frans Hals Museum
  • Year: 1627

Description of the picture :

Banquet of officers of the company St. Adriana – France Hals. Oil on canvas. 183 x 266.5 cm

   “Banket of officers of the company of St. Adriana. “. A large canvas is striking in an unusually light, slightly cold color, it is full of silver daylight and air. This transparent, flickering environment penetrating all corners gives rise to the finest picturesque beauty of the picture. She gives her rare life persuasiveness. Standing in front of the picture, the viewer enjoys both naturalness and the special, as if independent, independent of our household associations beauty of the radiance that fills it. In this radiance, black suits, white foam collars and cuffs, bright stripes of scarves and banners stand out brightly.

   The composition of the picture is very unusual. In the foreground, side to view and back to each other, Hals puts two captains; in the lumened with their scarves, the third captain of the company is visible, sitting on the opposite side of the table in front of the shrimp dish. From these figures, groups of seated and standing shooters crowd in both directions, while the center, occupied by a covered table, is lightweight, the fire of figures is freed, but “filled” with light and air.

   The problem of transmitting the atmosphere in the interior was subsequently occupied by many Dutch painters (remember Sandram, Vermeer, Peter de Hooh). Hals solves this problem more intuitively than later masters who rationalistically accurately distribute the effects skillfully calculate the luminous intensity in a particular room. He is passionate and joyfully excited about the unfeasible beauty of day-to-hand light that has opened to him.