“Rangers of the Harlem Wanderer,” France Halsa – a description of the picture

“Rangers of the Harlem Wanderer,” France Halsa – a description of the picture
“Rangers of the Harlem Wanderer,” France Halsa - a description of the picture - 1

  • Posted by France Hals
  • Museum: Frans Hals Museum
  • Year: 1644

Description of the picture :

The regenters of the Harlem almshouse are France Hals. Oil on canvas. 170.5 x 249.5 cm

   The most significant features of the portrait of regents are found to be completed, as if the final expression in the portrait of regenters, wealthy guardians of the almshouse. The beautifully preserved painting is performed more carefully and subtly, the composition of the unshakable perfection for such paintings is unshakable in its perfection.br>
   With the exception of a complacent and miserable, helplessly smiling elderly coquette, all regents are deep old women. Each of them is a bright and definite personality: a painful, relatively soft treasurer to the left, an evil and terrible old woman next to her, a nearby young lady and, finally, Adrian Bradenhof sitting on the right – the embodiment of will, inner strength and ice detachment from human worries and passions. However, there is something in it from physical and moral dying, the destruction of man, which to varying degrees affected them all, but most importantly affected the appearance of the second regent on the left. The flowing flesh laid bare the bones of the skull, the fullness of natural human feelings was replaced by petty malice, the old woman became a living reminder of death. Only a middle-aged, but healthy and good-natured maid is not subject to the grave cold filling the picture.

   The uncertainty and devastation inherent in the portrait of regents in the portrait of regents turned into a tragic reflection on near death. The thought that followed Halsa was embodied in the image of women as old as himself. However, the content of the paintings is not at all exhausted by the artist’s personal experiences, no matter how significant they may be. It is not exhausted by the ironic exposure of bourgeois charity, although in the Hels can also find such a shade of content. Halses knows how to turn his disappointments, bitterness and anxiety into the insight of great truth, and not a doubtable assessment of human life and human society. Once he glorified this society and this life, now he gives them a merciless, bitter sentence. And the Dutch burger and Hals himself have changed so that past illusions become impossible.