Frans Hals and the Moderns

Country: Netherlands City: Haarlem
From: 13 Oct 2018

To: 10 Feb 2019

The renovated Frans Hals Museum opens an exceptionally prestigious exhibition on 13 October 2018: Frans Hals and the Moderns. Frans Hals was rediscovered 150 years ago. From this moment onwards he was no longer seen as a profligate drunk, but he was rather admired as a modern idol by 19th century painters like Manet, Liebermann, Singer Sargent, and Van Gogh.

  • See over 80 works on loan from around the world.
  • Discover Frans Hals’ impact on the modern painters.
  • Combine this exhibition with the one on Leonardo Da Vinci at Teylers Museum.

With some 80 works on loan from museums around the world, the exhibition shows Hals’ huge impact on these modern painters. For the first time, his paintings are on display next to work by artists that were inspired by Hals from that other major period in painting: the late 19th century. It shows that Frans Hals was ahead of his time: ‘Frans Hals, c’est un moderne’.

Rediscovery of Frans Hals

Exactly 150 years ago, in 1868, Frans Hals was (re)discovered by the influential French art critic Théophile Thoré-Bürger. Hals had been ignored by art critics for most of the 18th century and the first half of the 19th century. His innovative style of painting loosely was no longer in line with the ruling academic style. His loose and rough painting style was associated with his ‘dissolute’ lifestyle. Therefore, his painting style was presented as art that artists shouldn’t aspire to recreate. As a consequence, his paintings were considered of little value on the art market and the name of Frans Hals was missing in most of the overview works on the Golden Age.

Frans Hals and the Moderns

The 150 year anniversary of this rediscovery is an excellent occasion to organize an exhibition revolving around the master of the portrait. The exhibition Frans Hals and the Moderns. Hals meets Manet, Singer Sargent, Van Gogh visualizes Frans Hals’ impact on painters in the second half of the 19th century. Frans Hals was admired and even adulated by late 19th century artists like Edouard Manet, Max Liebermann, John Singer Sargent, James Ensor, Mary Cassatt, Gustave Courbet, McNeill Whistler, William Merritt Chase, Henri Fantin-Latour, and Vincent van Gogh. They were impressed by his loose strokes and rough painting style, which seemed ‘Impressionist’. This exhibition from 13 October 2018 to 10 February 2019 at the Frans Hals Museum, Hof location, shows Hals’ impact on these modern paintings by exhibiting some 80 works on loan from around the world. It is the first time in art history that paintings by Frans Hals are displayed side by side with works and artists that were inspired by him.

Combine Frans Hals with Leonardo da Vinci

Another major exhibition will be shown just a stone’s throw away from the Frans Hals Museum this fall. Teylers Museum will present a unique exhibition with drawings by the world famous artist and scientist Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). Over thirty original drawings will be on display in Haarlem. Internationally-leading collections, including the British Museum, Uffizi in Florence, the Louvre and the Royal Library of Windsor Castle, have agreed to send the fragile drawings to Teylers on loan. Some of these drawings have never been on display in the Netherlands before.

Teylers Museum and Frans Hals Museum are offering a combined discount ticket for both exhibitions. These tickets will be on sale online from 22 August 2018 onwards.