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Frans Hals


The most authoritative and perceptive study on one of the greatest Dutch painters of the Golden Age


Seymour Slive


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This monumental monograph is devoted to one of the major painters of the Golden Age of Holland. Frans Hals was born in 1582 or 1583; he lived and worked at Haarlem, often in great poverty, and died there in 1666. His surviving paintings show him to have been one of the greatest portraitists of all time. Most of Hals’s sitters were men and women of the prosperous middle class. He also painted large group portraits of civic guard companies and governors of charitable institutions, as well as pictures of fisherfolk, merry drinkers, children and musicians. The almost magical spontaneity and boldness of Hals’s brushwork endows his paintings with a brilliance and immediacy that have assured him a unique place in European art.

In this volume the author discusses Hals’s work, his development and the significance of his achievement, and relates the little that is known about his life, and the reactions of his contemporaries to his art. In presenting the historical background the author ranges widely and includes such diverse topics as social customs, the organization of Dutch militia companies, the activities of Hals’s patrons, contemporary fashion, and the taste for allegories and symbolic meaning in the art and literature of the time. Although the author's major emphasis is on Hals’s pictorial accomplishment, it may be said that he has also succeeded in reconstructing from the artist's work the everyday life of an epoch – a rare achievement in art-historical literature. This monograph of more than 400 images also contains comparative illustrations: some details from Hals’s pictures, but mainly paintings, drawings and engravings by his predecessors and contemporaries, as well as acritical account of the artist’s paintings, of copies, and of lost works, many of which are known from engravings made during his lifetime. The impact of his work on some of his successors is also noted. With the publication of this comprehensive book, a broad rediscovery of Frans Hals’s supreme mastery can be made.

In presenting the historical background the author ranges widely and includes such diverse topics as social customs, the organization of Dutch militia companies, the activities of Hals's patrons, contemporary fashion, and the taste for allegories and symbolic meaning in the art and literature of the time. Although the author's major emphasis is on Hals's pictorial accomplishment, it may be said that he has also succeeded in reconstructing from the artist's work the everyday life of an epoch – a rare achievement in art-historical literature. This monograph of more than 400 images also contains comparative illustrations: some details from Hals's pictures, but mainly paintings, drawings and engravings by his predecessors and contemporaries, as well as a critical account of the artist's paintings, of copies, and of lost works, many of which are known from engravings made during his lifetime. The impact of his work on some of his successors is also noted. With the publication of this comprehensive book, a broad rediscovery of Frans

Hals's supreme mastery can be made.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: Hardback
Size: 290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in)
Pages: 400 pp
Illustrations: 400 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714867557

Professor Seymour Slive (1920–2014) was one of the greatest leading authorities on Dutch art. He was Emmet Blakeney Gleason Professor of Fine Arts Emeritus at Harvard University and former Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums.

Contents and Sections:

Editorial Notes and Abbreviations
Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction

Tradition and Innovation: 1610-20

  • Single Portraits
  • Genre Paintings
  • The Banquet of the Officers of the St George Civic Guard, 1616

  • Portraiture: 1620-30

  • Single Portrtaits
  • Family Portraits
  • Civic Guard Group Portraits

  • Genre, Allegorical and Religious

  • Paintings: 1620-30

  • The Middle Phase: 1630-40

  • Single and Family Portraits
  • Civic Guard Group Portraits
  • Genre and Allegorical Paintings

  • Portraiture 1640-50

    The Final Years: 1650-66

    Bibliography
    List of Colour Plates
    Index

    "In this sumptuously illustrated volume, the artist's swashbuckling brush strokes are elucidated by Slive's rapier sharp wit and much fancy footwork."—Wall Street Journal

    "Just open this new Phaidon edition anywhere and you will find insights that make you see and think freshly about beloved works of art that you think you already understand completely."—Arthur Wheelock, Curator, Northern European Art, National Gallery of Art

    "In this sumptuously illustrated volume, the artist's swashbuckling brush strokes are elucidated by Slive's rapier sharp wit and much fancy footwork."—Wall Street Journal

    "Just open this new Phaidon edition anywhere and you will find insights that make you see and think freshly about beloved works of art that you think you already understand completely."—Arthur Wheelock, Curator, Northern European Art, National Gallery of Art

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