Dirck Hals (19 March 1591 – 17 May 1656)
was the younger brother of Frans Hals; he was born in Haarlem in
1591. Frans was probably also his first teacher, but the painters who
influenced Dirck were Esaias van de Velde and Willem Buytewech. Apart
from a few small portraits, he devoted himself exclusively to the
painting of conversation pieces — the cheerful life of prosperous
burghers in their houses, gardens, or public places. Dirck was not
interested in the serious side of life; in his work he depicted people
in conversation or while flirting, making music and dancing, eating and
drinking. His interiors are hardly worked out, all the emphasis is put
on fashionable dress and colorful representation. He succeeded in
rendering people's high spirits through facial expression, costly
dress, posture and loose grouping. Dirck Hals died in Haarlem in 1656.
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