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Travel Bug Dog Tag Art-Hals-The Happy Couple TB02

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Friday, 13 July 2012
Texas, United States
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About This Item


This is one of a series of travel bugs made to recognize paintings seen, and admired by the bug owner. A digital copy of the painting was downloaded from the internet. It was reduced in size, and proportions cropped to accommodate the laminating materials available to the owner. Regrettably these processes diminish the efforts of the artist. One truly must see the originals in person to fully appreciate the work. The text below is a mixture of my own observations and material gleaned from the internet (mostly Wikipedia and Web Gallery).

Frans Hals (1580-1666) was one of the three preeminent painters of the Dutch Golden Age. The other two were Rembrandt and Vermeer. All three produced magnificent portraits, but they all produced works of other subjects—and they had very distinctive styles. Hals evolved a technique that was close to impressionism in its looseness, and he painted with increasing freedom as he grew older. His early works often depict jovial people, with smiling, rosy-cheeks (of which this painting is an example). In middle age his portraits grew increasingly sad, revealing perhaps a sense of foreboding. This mood persisted into his later years when he produced some of his finest technical works. However, what commissions he did receive were not enough to support him, and, like his two great compatriots Rembrandt and Vermeer, he saw his possessions sold at auction for debt. The deaths of these three Masters (Hals, in 1666, age 86; Rembrandt, 1669, 63; Vermeer, 1675, 43) mark the end of artistic innovation in the Golden Age.

It is assumed by many critics that the sitters are Isaac Massa and his wife Beatrix van der Laen. This pose is in contrast to most wedding portraits of the day. Throughout Europe. whether as a single painting or two, the spouses were usually rigidly arranged with sober demeanors. In this case the recently married couple, leaning against the trunk of a tree, emphasizes the casual air of the portrait. The ivy twining itself around the tree and curling round at the woman's feet, who, in turn, has her hand negligently resting on the man's shoulder, symbolizes the permanence of the marriage. Taken as a whole, the couple seem very comfortable and happy with each other. This painting hangs in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

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Tracking History (10703.1mi) View Map

Mark Missing 12/02/2014 shellbadger marked it as missing   Visit Log

The owner has set this Trackable as missing.

Write note 10/28/2013 Rambutans posted a note for it   Visit Log

Had a walk and had a quick peep. TB still safe and snug in cache :)

Dropped Off 09/07/2013 Rambutans placed it in Tea Time in the Desert at Top View United Arab Emirates - .38 miles  Visit Log

Enjoy the romantic Dubai view before you move on to your next adventure!

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Visited 09/07/2013 Rambutans took it to Bootcamp - The Challenge United Arab Emirates - .14 miles  Visit Log
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Visited 09/07/2013 Rambutans took it to Boot Camp Fitness Parcours United Arab Emirates - 1.92 miles  Visit Log
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Visited 09/06/2013 Rambutans took it to Here's the water United Arab Emirates - 3,369.1 miles  Visit Log
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Retrieve It from a Cache 08/22/2013 Rambutans retrieved it from Harry's 1st Birthday Cache Eastern England, United Kingdom   Visit Log

We'll take you somewhere sunshiny!

Dropped Off 08/16/2013 Norfolkbirder placed it in Harry's 1st Birthday Cache Eastern England, United Kingdom - 4,521.44 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 07/29/2013 Norfolkbirder retrieved it from Firewood refugee British Columbia, Canada   Visit Log

The visit to BC will be brief, next stop will be the UK in early August

Dropped Off 07/18/2013 travalee1 placed it in Firewood refugee British Columbia, Canada - 558.99 miles  Visit Log
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