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

“Laughing Cavalier,” France Hals – a description of the picture
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  • Posted by France Hals
  • Museum: Wallace Assembly, London
  • Year: 1624

Description of the picture :

Laughing gentleman – France Hals. Oil on canvas. 83 x 67.3 cm

   If you look at the entire gallery of artists who created Dutch painting in the era of the “golden age”, then a huge number of humorous paintings, portraits, sketches depicting laughing and rejoicing people are immediately striking.

   Ladies and gentlemen, military arrows and children, burgers and simple people, they all smile at each other or looking at the viewer. They laugh at a fun joke, laugh at a clumsy goulak, have fun at fairs.

   And among a number of magnificent Dutchmen, France Hals stands out especially. His ability to instantly grasp the essence of his character, energy and facial expressions are perfectly presented in the picture “Laughing Cavalier”.

   At first glance, of course, the costume of this dandy, perfectly prescribed by the author, attracts attention. The lining and blend of the snow-white collar, the azhure cuffs brightly embroidered with colored strands of camisole, the soft gleam of the black cloak – amaze with their naturalness and splendor.

   But you can ask yourself – “And where is the laughter?”After all, the lips of a young man are compressed, the hand is important to feed the side and the whole posture and beautiful camisole suggests that a solemn portrait was being prepared.

   The author offers a closer look at the face of the brave gentleman. First of all, in his slightly pinched, with a sort of cunning, look aimed at the viewer.

   It seems that another second and his tight-fitting lips will blur in a crafty smile, and his eyes will frantically wink. A dashingly shifted hat and a mustache raised up complement the overall impression of a man – a well-tailed, self-confident, but surely arrogant, with a barely restrained laugh in his ozory and happy eyes.

   The great France Hals knows how to convey laughter, this elusive emotion, without unnecessary additions to the canvas – he has enough brush and character who could captivate and infect the author with his energy.