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9,845. The Harlem painter Frans Hals: He is the supreme extrovert. (Art & Civilisation & Artists: Hals) Kenneth Clark, Civilisation 8/13: The Light of Experience
9,846. They are the first visual evidence of bourgeois democracy. (Art & Civilisation & Artists: Hals) ibid.
11,252. b Antwerp, 1582/3; d Haarlem, 29 Aug. 1666). Dutch painter. He was Flemish by birth; his parents left Antwerp after the city was captured by the Spaniards in 1585 and moved to Holland. They had settled in Haarlem by 1591 and Hals spent the rest of his long life there. He was twice married, had at least ten children, and was constantly in financial trouble. Houbraken says he was ‘filled to the gills every evening,’ but there is no real foundation for the popular image of him as a drunken wife-beater. BBC online
11,253. Hals completed a total of 300 paintings during his lifetime, the majority being large group portraits of wealthy members of Dutch society. His popularity was down to his stylistic oeuvre and free expression and also the fact that portraiture was in high demand during the Dutch Golden age. Hal’s exciting creativity and painting style soon spread throughout the Netherlands and he influenced many artists during that time and beyond. Artble online biography
10,252. An art dedicated to the depiction of daily life ... It’s first great star was an artist called Frans Hals. (Art & Artists: Hals & Netherlands) Andrew Graham-Dixon, The High Art of the Low Countries II: Boom and Bust