“Cavalier Rump and his beloved,” France Halsa – a description of the picture

“Cavalier Rump and his beloved,” France Halsa – a description of the picture
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  • Posted by France Hals
  • Museum: Metropolitan Museum
  • Year: 1623

Description of the picture :

Cavalier Rump and his beloved – France Hals. Oil on canvas. 105.4 x 79.4

   The painting of Frans Hals is as if saturated with the juices of modern Holland, a young burger republic. People in the artist’s paintings are full of vitality.

   The military depicted on the canvas rests after the service. Everything is fine with the cheerful and hop-headed gentleman Ramp: standing on the doorstep of a zucchini, with one hand he raises a cup of wine, and with the other stroking the faithful dog, a girlfriend clung to the shoulder of a happy goulaki.

   Similar pictures of Halsa are close to Flemish painting with its perception of life as a feast. During the writing of this work, the artist already declared himself as a supporter of the genre portrait, in which he not so much revealed the psychology of a person as he talked about his life. It is interesting that the plot of the canvas echoes the gospel parable of the prodigal son, who, having fun, has melted his inheritance. But Hals has no touch of moralizing: he sincerely admires a person who loves life. To stop attention in this story on the motive of carefree fun is quite in the spirit of Dutch artists, just remember Rembrandt’s painting “Autoportrait with Saskia on his lap”.