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Lauren F-M 02-01-2012 11:30 PM

February-March 2012 Portrait Challenge
 
For our new challenge, we are celebrating the Old Masters painter, Frans Hals.
He was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1580, and died in Haarlem, Netherlands in 1666.
For information on Frans Hals' life, here are some links:
http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/bio.../biograph.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frans_Hals

Hals is well-known for his expressive portraits, many so jovial folks painted in a very loose manner. I find them remarkable, considering this was before photography, but he caught the moment of expression.

So, here are some of his paintings. You are welcome to draw or paint! :D

1] Portrait of a Man Holding a Skull (c.1611) 72.5 x 94 cm Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham, England


2] Portrait of a Man #1 (c.1660-66)


3] Portrait of a Seated Woman, presumedly Maria Vernatta (1648-50)


4] Portrait of a Man #2 [also called '[COLOR="rgb(139, 0, 0)"]Bildnis eines Mannes[/color]'] (1630-33)


5] Portrait of Catherine Hooft and her Nurse (C.1619-20) 65 x 68 cm, Staatliche Museum, Berlin


6] Portrait of a Man Holding Gloves


7] Portrait of a Man, #3 (1640s) Hood Museum


8] Portrait of a Woman, detail (1655-1660) City Museum & Art Gallery, Plymouth, USA

wetbob 02-02-2012 04:52 AM

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Hals is well-known for his expressive portraits, many so jovial folks painted in a very loose manner
And his alternative setup, seen in your third posted painting! Great pics and i love Hals,
wb

dominika 02-02-2012 01:33 PM

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Nice pictures. I haven't heard about him before, but his pictures reminds me great polish painter Henryk Rodakowski. I hope I'll have some time to try this challenge.

ryster007 02-03-2012 08:40 AM

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I love Franz Hals,

We have one of his portraits in Edinburgh

http://www.nationalgalleries.org/col.../recordId/5008

not sure about copyright for image so see link attached!

It always strikes me how bold and expressive his impasto brushwork was for 1600s

Ryan

ishiprog 02-04-2012 12:35 PM

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Hi all,

A wonderfule selection you have choosen for this portrait challenge, Lauren.

Due to we are moving (again) to the more western part of our country (near Cologne) my time to draw is very limited. Therefore here is my humble attempt to the "man holding a skull"

C&C welcome!

Charcoal & white chalk pencils on middle gray paper 50x35 cm, 45 min.


dominika 02-05-2012 12:44 AM

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My first (a bit disastrous) attempt to Hals, made in sketching pen.

dominika 02-05-2012 03:03 AM

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Portrait of woman: acrylic on paper, about 1,5 hour.

Lauren F-M 02-05-2012 12:48 PM

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Wolfgang and Dominika -- Thanks for starting things off here, and doing that man! :clap: Interesting to see him done in 2 different media. :thumbsup: Such a serious-looking dude!

Dominika -- you did a lovely job on the woman's face! :clap:

dominika 02-05-2012 01:19 PM

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Thank you Lauren. I'm tempted by the 4th picture now :wave:.

kate252 02-05-2012 03:59 PM

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would it be a bit annoying if i was able to post my little attempt i did for my sons bedroom? i did it about three years ago

you can understand why i gave up oils cant you

but i thought - as the body was a Hals.....

karenlee 02-05-2012 04:42 PM

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My cat Alma (as in Mahler) sends a meooow!

NancyMP 02-05-2012 05:51 PM

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Originally Posted by kate252
would it be a bit annoying if i was able to post my little attempt i did for my sons bedroom? i did it about three years ago

you can understand why i gave up oils cant you

but i thought - as the body was a Hals.....


Love it! My four cats also send their congratulatory meows!:lol:

123harry 02-05-2012 07:22 PM

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Ha! The Laughing Catvelier!
I actually had a copy of Hals' version of this in My bedroom as a kid....but Hals used a human as a model...how weird is that!

wetbob 02-06-2012 04:23 AM

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Hi res Hals
famous married couple
http://www.googleartproject.com/muse...n-1592-1639-16
very high!!
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...s_Hals_056.jpg
4,3mb

wetbob 02-06-2012 04:26 AM

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How can you work so fast with acrylics? Its beautiful
Great cat too!:thumbsup:


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