Hals meets Manet, Singer Sargent, Van Gogh
Frans Hals was rediscovered as a modern idol two hundred years after his death. He was admired, even adored by late nineteenth-century artists such as Edouard Manet, Max Liebermann and Vincent van Gogh. They were all impressed by his loose touch and rough painting style, which came across as ‘Impressionist’.
This exhibition shows Frans Hals’s immense impact on these modern painters. For the first time, paintings by the famous seventeenth-century portrait painter are being shown alongside reactions to his work from other major eras of painting.
Seeing works by Frans Hals alongside virtuoso work by the artists whom he inspired gives insight into how modern Frans Hals was in in their eyes: ‘Frans Hals, c’est un moderne’.
The exhibition has been supported by Beminnaers, BankGiro Loterij, Van Toorn Scholten Stichting, Turing Foundation, VSBfonds, Fonds 21, Mondriaan Fund, Friends of the Frans Hals Museum, the municipality of Haarlem, Blockbusterfund and by the Dutch government: an indemnity grant has been provided by the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands on behalf of the Minister of Education, Culture and Science.