Buddy with Freeman Hover & Jerry Allison at the Albany Hotel in Denver Colrado :)
Tales of Faulkner in Hollywood: “‘Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.’ The quotation from Dante is what Faulkner considered a fitting road sign for drivers to see as they crossed the border into California.”
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Frans Hals, Boy with a Skull, c. 1626-28
Frans Hals (1580 - 1666) est un peintre baroque néerlandais, considéré, avec Rembrandt et Johannes Vermeer, comme l’un des plus importants du siècle d’or. Wikipédia
CATHERINA van der Eem
CATHERINA HOOFT AVEC SON ENFANT
PORTRAIT DE FAMILLE
FEYNTJE van STEENKISTE
FEMME ASSISE AVEC UN EVENTAIL
FEMME A L’EVENTAIL
PORTRAIT DE FEMME
JEUNE FILLE CHANTANT
Frans Hals, Willem Coymans, 1645
This is one of my favorite portraits by Hals; the personality that Coymans exudes is fantastic. With his fancy hat set at a rakish angle and his elbow hanging over the back of his chair, it looks like we’ve just interrupted the sitter, lending a wonderfully spontaneous quality to this image. Clearly Coymans was extremely proud of his long, flowing locks, as Hals pays special attention to the subtle shadows and highlights in their curls. Look at this portrait in high-res and notice the incredibly loose brushwork on the white cuff of Coyman’s sleeve; this is Hals at his finest. Up close it looks almost impressionistic, but from far away it coalesces into a beautiful costume.
Frans Hals, Married Couple, 1622
This portrait of a married couple is reminiscent of Rubens’ similar portrait of himself and his wife, Isabella Brandt: both paintings are set in an allegorical garden of love. However, Hals distinguishes himself through this portrait by the casualness of the figures; they are relaxed and at ease in the landscape. Although the man is placed on the heraldic right, as was customary for more important figures, Hals equalizes the woman by placing her in the center of the painting. The ivy vine along the bottom of the portrait is a symbol for marriage, while the thistles pictured symbolized luck in love.
Instrument of the day: LUTE
'Now divine aire, now is his soule ravisht, is it not strange that sheepes guts should hale soules out of mens bodies?' —William Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing.
Shakespeare was only one of many writers of his day who attributed to the lute the power to transport the listener into a kind of ecstasy; for throughout the Renaissance the lute’s ravishing tone made it the most esteemed and admired of all musical instruments. The fame of the greatest players spread through all Europe, and the doors of royal courts and palaces were open to them (a number were consequently employed as spies) while instruments by the most famous makers could fetch astronomical sums.
All about the lute here.
A student at Woodrow Wilson High School, Washington DC, 1943. By Esther Bubley.