More on Frans Hals

Big review today in the New York Times of a Frans Hals show at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. A great accompaniment to the exhibit would be Michael Kernan‘s The Lost Diaries of Frans Hals,  a wonderful, vivid novel that puts you in 17th-century Holland. Kernan writes about Hals with the same delight and empathy that Hals used in his portraits. He balances zest and melancholy, as I think you can see below.

Hals portrait of an unidentified but very real guy

About carolwallace

I spend most of my time writing and reading. Most recent publications: the reissue of "To Marry an English Lord,"one of the inspirations for "Downton Abbey," and the historical novel "Leaving Van Gogh." I am too cranky to belong to a book group but I love the book-blogging community.
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