Portrait of an elderly lady, France Hals – description

Portrait of an elderly lady, France Hals – description
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  • Posted by France Hals
  • Museum: National Art Gallery (Washington)
  • Year: 1633

Description of the picture :

Portrait of an elderly lady – France Hals. Oil on canvas. 102.5 x 86.9

   The portraits of Frances Halsa are distinguished by their exceptional character and personality, he was one of the best European masters who wrote “alia prima”, that is, in one session and without a preparatory drawing.

   In the presented picture, the artist perfectly conveyed the appearance of an elderly woman, whose calm look is directly addressed to the viewer. Her gaze is full of lightness and benevolence, and her smile speaks of calm and cheerfulness. Hals used all the wealth of texture techniques. With clever and precise smears of warm beige, brown and pink, he fashioned the woman’s quite modern face. How many shades of white are in a pasteously written lace collar and cap, and the shadows and background are covered with a thin, almost transparent layer of paint