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Old 02-01-2012, 11:30 PM
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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!

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
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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,
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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.
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Re: February-March 2012 Portrait Challenge

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

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Re: February-March 2012 Portrait Challenge

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.

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My first (a bit disastrous) attempt to Hals, made in sketching pen.
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Portrait of woman: acrylic on paper, about 1,5 hour.
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Wolfgang and Dominika -- Thanks for starting things off here, and doing that man! Interesting to see him done in 2 different media. Such a serious-looking dude!

Dominika -- you did a lovely job on the woman's face!
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Thank you Lauren. I'm tempted by the 4th picture now .
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Re: February-March 2012 Portrait Challenge

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

Love it! My four cats also send their congratulatory meows!
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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!
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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
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How can you work so fast with acrylics? Its beautiful
Great cat too!
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