“Singing Boys,” France Hals – a description of the picture

“Singing Boys,” France Hals – a description of the picture
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  • Posted by France Hals
  • Museum: Kassel Art Gallery
  • Year: 1625

Description of the picture :

Singing boys – France Hals. Oil on canvas. 76 x 52 cm

   In the work of Franz Hals, all the best is present, which is combined in such a concept as “Dutch art” – cheerfulness, ointment, warmth and harmony of color, liveliness and naturalness of models, democracy in their selection.

   In his works there is life and, especially, if it concerns the image of children. One has only to look at his “Flower Boy”, “Laughing Boy”, “Fishing Boy” and other works.

   Hals is an outstanding master of portraits – group, family, boys and girls from different classes, gypsies, innkeepers, fishermen. But children’s portraits are especially good for the painter, which is confirmed by another work – “Singing Boys” (“Two Muzitating Boys”). It is assumed that the models were the sons of Frans Hals.

   After all, as you know, the artist had a large family. So, having lived with his wife Lisbeth Rainers for more than 40 years, they raised eleven children. And by the way, five of them became portrait artists. Hals loves his children very much, calls them inquisitive, mobile, musical and smart.

   On the canvas, two boys study and analyze albums with notes, select a melody to perform a song, playing music on the lute. Lutnya is a musical instrument that has become popular in Holland since the 16th century and its image is found in many paintings by artists of that time. Hals has her in the foreground, and the author very realistically conveys her texture.

   Both boys are so passionate that they do not pay any attention to the observer and draftsman. They are completely absorbed in such an interesting activity for them. On their childish tender faces, a blush appears from inspiration and creative excitement.

   The elder helps himself with his right palm to catch the rhythm of the melody and, at the same time, removes the youngest boy, who is also very interested in participating in the process, and it seems that he is not allowed to do this yet. But he really wants to sing and he repeats movements and notes behind the eldest with great effort.

   The author very accurately conveyed facial expressions and gestures, very skillfully written all the elements of clothing, feathers on shore and overflows of fabric, very carefully painted each hair on the heads of future musicians. Halsa’s children are so immediate, enthusiastic and realistic.

   Apparently, France Hals has some special gift, because the viewer feels the love and warmth with which this beautiful masterpiece is written.