Regentesses of the Old Men's Almshouse
Frans Hals - 1664
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Hals' brushwork and his attitude to the sitters in this late work resulted in a curious psychological transformation. The women are the governors of the almshouse. Yet the manner in which they are painted gives them a look of solemnity and frailty which suggests they might almost be the inmates. The breakdown of the forms through the brushwork has here become a metaphor of the breakdown of the spirit in old age.
Owner/Location: Frans Hals Museum  (Netherlands - Haarlem)
Dates: 1664
Artist age:Approximately 82 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 172 cm (67.72 in.), Width: 256 cm (100.79 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Entered by: Member laure9 on 06 January 2009.
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