Gypsy, France Hals – a description of the picture

Gypsy, France Hals – a description of the picture
Gypsy, France Hals - a description of the picture - 1

  • Posted by France Hals
  • Museum: Louvre
  • Year: 1630

Description of the picture :

Gypsy – France Hals. Wood, butter. 58 x 52 cm

   The sought-after master of painting, France Hals, writes portraits of people from different walks of life – military, local burgers, regents, shooters and their beloved, as well as goulak, innkeepers, fishermen and other simple people. The latter are especially good for the author. He himself is a man full of life’s health, a sense of humor, he loves people in all their manifestations and knows how to find a spark in each of his heroes and transfer it to the canvas.

   In the prime of his work, in 1630, he writes a bright portrait – “Gypsy”. Just looking at him, the viewer realizes that in front of him is one of the talented works of master Hals. The girl was shown by the author at an emotional moment: a crafty smile, a look aimed at the invisible spectator of the interlocutor, whom she probably brought into embarrassment with her mockery.

   Only an uncovered head and a ribbon flickering in her hair speaks of belonging to a nomadic people. And outwardly, she doesn’t even look like a gypsy, we can say that this is an ordinary village girl – funny, open to the joys of life.

   Black hair, scattered over the shoulders, give additional movement to its already living and moving figure. She is charming and direct in the manifestation of her emotions. The vitality and liberty of the gypsy is expressed by the author also in her clothes. When they conducted studies of the canvas, they found out that initially the neckline on the girl’s chest was more modest. Apparently, Hals considered that the daughter of a free people should be just that – alive, impudent, liberated, not obliged to follow the concepts of ethical norms that existed at that time.

   The portrait of the girl is written as if by separate, but light blurry strokes that only emphasize the dynamism of the figure more strongly. Soft, silver tones, rays of light gently sliding along her face and the whole contour – all this creates the feeling that the author himself is full of enthusiasm for the contemplation of his heroine. Her energy, immediacy, naturalness, temperament, her facial expressions, her crafty smile and a young badass.

   The artist caught this liveliness and warmth and writes them with pleasure. Indeed, in the painting of the 16-17th centuries, it was customary to consider the image of a person as a strict and solemn portrait, without obvious emotions.

   But France Hals himself is an energetic and life-loving person, and therefore the portrait of the girl makes us stop in amazement, because it reflects the author’s charm with his model and his great enthusiasm when writing a portrait of this beautiful, cheerful, free gypsy.