Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem:

Today I meandered to Haarlem to visit the Frans Hals Museum, which houses so many of this artist’s works. There was a painting which I had never before seen, attributed to Hals, named ‘the Innkeeper’, which sparked my imagination. So much has been said about painters such as Hals, while simultaneously, so much has happened since such words were printed. There’s still so much yet to be said, about Mr. Hals. While at the museum I searched for a painting which I did not find; it’s within the museum’s depot. Which means that there will be many more visits to this most special of places in Haarlem–when I walk through it’s doors, I follow in the footsteps of Courbet, Cassatt, John Singer Saregent, and Thoré-Bürger, and Manet. Hals is also the subject of my thesis; his life and his work delight my senses, as I continue my research around and on the life and work of this most sprezzatura skilled of painters...