Frans Hals was a talented Dutch Baroque artist. In his days, Dutchland was a Protestant country. The only source of work for artist were wealthy patrons and government officials. Like many baroque artist, Frans Hals died poor, in the year of the beast. Hehehehehahaha!! Anyhow, Frans Hals is mostly known for his portraits. He revolutionized the depiction of weirdoes. For the most part, his brushstrokes are loose and quite painterly. The eye takes care to make the figures realistic. In a strange way, Frans Hals was Proto Impressionistic. Anyhow, the first painting is a group portrait. It shows a lot of members of the army. They are having a banquet. Each historical personage has the symbols of their rank. Also, their poses shows you their personalities. This motley crew of Frans Hals deserves 5 stars rating.
This next painting is called “The Red List”. It is a unique portrait featuring three children. They are happy and smiling. The are playing with a goat cart. The baby girl is ridding it. For a background, we have the forest and a church. Truly, you can believe that these are children. Before, Frans Hals kids looked as stiff as their parents in their portraits. Frans Hals had a more emotional way of depicting children. For being rich children, you get the feel of both their rank and their personalities. In any case, Frans Hals deserves 5 stars for this lovely baroque painting.
Above, we have a genre painting featuring a Boy Playing A Violin. The boy has quite the happy expression. He is really enjoying the music that he is playing. Another 5 stars for Frans Hals.
Above, we see the De Magere Compagnie. Its another one of those army portraits. Well, its more like the civil guard. They are all posing. The types of lances and sashes represent their ranks. On the far left, we have a guy holding up the Company’s flag. Anyhow, Frans Hals deserves 5 stars rating.
Above, we have the group portrait of De officieren van de Sint-Adriaansdoelen. In this portrait, we have two separate groupings. The main guys are on the left, surrounding the general. The general is the guy sitting down. He is the guy holding the rod of power. The guy with the books on the far right is the accountant. He is the second most important guy in this painting. In any case, Frans Hals’ deserves 5 stars for this awesome painting.
This next painting is called Luitspelende. It features a guy playing a lute. His dress is made of spiky red and black lines. He seems to be a traveling minstrel. His face is quite cheerful looking. Here we have yet another 5 stars worthy painting.
Above, we see Portret van Catharina Hooft en haar min by Frans Hals. Its one of those noble portraits. It features a darling little baby and her nana. The patterns on her golden dress are quite fine. She deserves 5 stars rating.
Above, we see a boy with a skull painted by Frans Hals. The boy represents youth. As for the skull, Hals wants us to be aware of our mortality. For now the kid is young, however, he will eventually become worm food. This grim depiction of a kid is 5 stars rating.
This painting features Frans Hals and his Lysbeth Reyniers. He portrayed himself and his wife as a Married Couple in the Garden. Both are wearing black, fashionable Dutch attires. Hals has his hand to his heart to show that he loves his wife. As for Lysbeth, she seems to be in a good mood as well. In the background, we see other couples around a Greek looking garden. This lovely couple deserves 5 stars rating.
This cute portrait shows a cute gypsy girl. She is smiling coyly. Her chest is quite exposed. Her eyes are naughty and inviting. Truly, she is one pretty little lady. 5 stars worthy.
This next painting is called Mabell Babbe . Needless to say, this lady is drunk. The owl is a symbol of madness. Her sanity has been drowned by the booze. In any case, Frans Hals’ drunken lady deserves 5 stars rating.
In this painting, two lovers are about to get into a bedroom to have some fun. The background scenery is like a bar. The lady’s face looks flushed because she is drunk. The way the guy is petting the dog is a reference to carnal desires. The expressions of the couple is quite lively. Frans Hals is one of the few artist of those days that painted people with their mouth opened. Most artist avoided painting teeth because all Europeans did not have proper dental hygiene. The issue of always having people with the mouth closed is that the mouth is a big part of expressing facial emotions. Frans Hals had the courage to paint people with their mouth open, despite the ugly fangs of his sitters. In any case, this lovely painting deserves 5 stars rating. Well, I hope that you liked these featured paintings of Frans Hals.