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Old 10-03-2011, 06:24 PM
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Just read a lenthy review of Hals and an exhibit in The New Yorker. Unfortunately, most of their articles aren't online, but even this excerpt is interesting. It wouldn't have occurred to me to describe Vermeer as baroque.

Peter Schjeldahl: The Fast World of Frans Hals : The New Yorker
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Old 10-07-2011, 07:21 PM
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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I was in New York about two weeks ago and saw the Frans Hals exhibit at the Met.

As a portraitist Hals is really wonderful. I think he had a talent for capturing a facial expression such as a grin with great mastery. He is deservedly a Great Master of the Golden Age of Dutch Painting. I must say, however, the only thing that seems to be lacking in his portraiture is that his contemporary, Rembrandt Van Rijn, had ability to give his portraits a profound emotional and intellectual component; something almost no other painter achieved. In other words I find Hals' portraits to be great, but those by Rembrandt are sublime.
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