Portrait of Jasper Schade van Westrum, France Hals – description

Portrait of Jasper Schade van Westrum, France Hals – description
Portrait of Jasper Schade van Westrum, France Hals - description - 1

  • Posted by France Hals
  • Museum: National Gallery (Prague)
  • Year: 1645

Description of the picture :

Portrait of Jasper Schade van Westrum – France Hals. Oil on canvas. 80 x 68

   The portrait of Jasper Schade van Westrum is a wonderful example of the late work of Franz Hals. The picture is characterized by subtlety of psychological characteristics and picturesque skill. Jasper Schade, as a judge of Utrecht, occupied a very high position in society. The artist created the image of a young, attractive, although not strong-willed person, dressed richly, but not discreetly. However, the clever face of the judge, on whom the sad smile wanders, already bears the imprint of bitterness and disappointment. It seems that behind external well-being this master hides a dangerous disease or deep dissatisfaction with life.

   The color composition of the picture is based on intense contrasts of black and white tones, shaded by rare red-brown spots. On this canvas, the finest carnation transitions especially win when compared with the restrained cold colors that execute the model outfit (the Yaspera camisole is written in black, and the collar and cuffs of the shirt are white) and aged in the dark olive range of the portrait. Endowed with many gradations, the black color of Halsa lost its severity and deafness here, becoming in expressiveness almost equal to other colors of the spectrum.

   Representing a person extremely realistically, the Dutch painter does not magnify the portrait, giving him the opportunity to be himself even in the custom front panel.