“Laughing Boy,” France Hals – a description of the picture

“Laughing Boy,” France Hals – a description of the picture
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  • Posted by France Hals
  • Museum: Maurice
  • Year: 1625

Description of the picture :

Laughing boy – France Hals. Wood, butter. 30.5 x 30.5 cm

   France Hals is not only an outstanding 17th-century Dutch portrait painter, but also a loving, large-child father. As you know, he was married, lived in marriage for about half a century and had eleven children. And, apparently, the marriage was very happy, judging by their children – they are always ridiculous, mobile and cheerful. Hals loves his children very much, is proud of them and admires.

   Lovely, funny, perky faces of the sons and daughters of the artist often appear on his canvases. And they are very rarely serious. See how unique charm and splashed energy fun blows from the work of “Laughing Boy”.

   It seems that all the air around the boy moves and vibrates from childhood infectious laughter. Looking at the scattered hair and the collar slightly off, it seems that the artist barely managed to catch the running out for posing. A sparkling look and a wide smile lead the viewer to the tenderness and admiration for the children’s naive, sincere and, probably, voiced laughter.

   In this small sketch, Hals, as always, perfectly conveys the shadows and glare from the light falling on the broken face of a joyful and reckless little boy. The brush strokes are wide, cursory, inherent in the style of a painter. And they perfectly convey the texture of the tissues and the naturalness of the hair. Warm, bright, golden shades only emphasize the delicate color of the baby face.

   By the way, the “Dutch” age of painting is distinguished by a large number of humorous paintings with images of laughing cavaliers and ladies, children, the military and just a goulak. But perhaps Frans Halsa succeeded best of all. It would seem that facial facial facial expressions are such an elusive moment, but he grabbed the artist instantly. Emotion is so lively and convincing that it simply infects the author himself and, of course, the viewer.