Frans Hals: Detecting a Decade

February 23, 2020 to October 11, 2020 | Focus II Gallery
Frans Hals, Portrait of Pieter Jacobsz. Olycan, 1629–1630, oil on panel, Private Collection, Courtesy of David Koetser Gallery, ZurichFrans Hals, Pieter Jacobsz. Olycan, c. 1639, oil on canvas, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Bequest of John Ringling, 1936, SN251

Two imposing paintings of the same sitter painted a decade apart showcase the revolutionary technique of Frans Hals (1582/83–1666), the first great portraitist of 17th-century Holland. Hals, along with Rembrandt and Vermeer, is considered to be one of the most prominent painters of the Dutch Baroque era. He was recognized for “painting character” through virtuosic, loose, and animated brushwork.

The portraits of Pieter Jacobsz. Olycan, one of the most powerful men in the Dutch city of Haarlem, are perhaps unique for the artist’s oeuvre as he rarely painted the same subject twice. Exhibited side-by-side for the first time in Frans Hals: Detecting a Decade, the paintings show Olycan’s changing appearance as he grew older and demonstrate the evolution of Hals’s style at the peak of his career.

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Gallery Talk: Frans Hals

Wednesday, April 15, 12:15 p.m.

DMA curator Julien Domercq will talk about two portraits by Dutch Golden Age painter Frans Hals made 10 years apart. Find out what we can discover about the artist’s technique by looking at how he returned to the same subject over time.

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