Dirck Hals Netherlands

3-19-1591 Haarlem, NED – 5-17-1656 Haarlem, NED

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Hals, Dirck

Dirck Hals was the younger brother of Frans Hals. He was influenced by his elder brother Frans Hals, but the painters who influenced Dirck were Esaias van de Velde and Willem Buytewech. Apart from a few small portraits, he devoted himself exclusively to the painting of conversation pieces – the cheerful life of prosperous burghers in their houses, gardens, or public places. His family emigrated to the Netherlands after Antwerp had fallen into the hands of the Duke of Parmain August 1585.

Dirck Hals was not interested in the serious side of life; in his work he depicted people in conversation or while flirting, making music and dancing, eating and drinking. His interiors are hardly worked out, all the emphasis is put on fashionable dress and colorful representation. He succeeded in rendering people’s high spirits through facial expression, costly dress, posture and loose grouping.

According to the RKD he worked in Leiden in 1641 and 1648, and was an influence on the painters Nathaniel Bacon, Johann Hulsman, and Willem Cornelisz Duyster. His son Anthonie also became a painter.

Movement: Baroque
Influences: Frans Hals, Esaias van de Velde, Willem Buytewech
Influenced: Nathaniel Bacon, Johann Hulsman, Willem Cornelisz Duyster
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