Frans Hals of Antwerp
Fran's Hals (1582-1666) was a portrait painter with a unique style, admired for it's originality and vivacity not only by the Impressionists but also by artists like van Gogh or Picasso. Very little documentation of his life exists today, so this film uses the thorough contemplation of his canvases as the key to his story. Works by the landscape artists and still-life painters of his time help to illustrate the age in which he lived. The program further exemplifies the elaborate conventions of portraiture at the time.