A Couple by Franz Hals

A Couple by Franz Hals

A Couple
Baroque, Dutch Golden Age
Oil on canvas
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

“A Couple” was probably painted to celebrate the marriage of Isaac Abrahamsz Massa and Beatrix van der Laen in 1622. Unusual for the time it portrays the couple in relaxed poses and an outdoor location which was at odds with usual commissioned works to celebrate marriages with their formal and carefully posed format. The couple is seated and laid back beneath a tree both smiling knowingly at the viewer. Their open body language and direct gazes give the painting a sense of intimacy rarely present in other works of the time.

Franz Hals 1582/3-1666

Franz Hals
Baroque, Dutch Golden Age
Born: 1582/83, Antwerp, Flanders
Nationality: Dutch
Died: 26 August 1666, Haarlem, Dutch Republic

Hals was a painter of the Dutch Golden Age. Particularly known for his portraiture, he lived and worked in Haarlem, The Netherlands. Hals played a vital role in the evolution of 17th-century group portraiture and is known for his loose brushwork

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