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The Enduring Relevance of Frans Hals: The Dutch Golden Age and Today

Investigating new perspectives on the artistic practice of Frans Hals in the context of the Dutch Golden Age

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Frans Hals is renowned for the freedom of his style and his ability to capture the character of his sitters. Despite a late start, he has become one of the best-loved of the Dutch Golden Age artists. This panel discusses Frans Hals’s story and his historical context, as well as the enduring relevance and the timeliness to revisit his legacy today. It explores his influence upon and interest to the Impressionists, and what about his work allows it to continue to feel so very modern.

The panelists explore what new light has been shed upon Hals’s work by the exhibition at the Rijksmuseum, as well as investigate his work in the context of the Dutch Golden Age, exploring new perspectives on this deeply human artist.

TEFAF Talks are interactive panel discussions exploring today’s most fascinating topics in the worlds of art, antiques, and design. Paired with leading content partners, these talks showcase the knowledge of leading experts in the broader TEFAF community. This talk is presented in partnership with Apollo Magazine and moderated by Edward Behrens, Editor of Apollo Magazine.

This TEFAF Talk took place at TEFAF Maastricht on Sunday, March 10, 2024.


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Ed Behrens Apollo Magazine
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Tamar van Riessen Junior Curator of 17th-century Dutch Painting, Rijksmuseum
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Benjamin Moser Writer

Image: Frans Hals, The Lute Player, c. 1623. Musée du Louvre, Paris.