Author(s): Anna Tummers; Elmer Kolfin; Jasper Hillegers
- The Art of Laughter: Humour in Dutch Paintings of the Golden Age presents the first ever overview of humor in seventeenth-century painting - Contains 60 masterpieces from painters such as Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Gerrit van Honthorst and Judith Leyster Frans Hals is often called 'the master of the laugh.' More than any other painter in the Golden Age, he was able to bring a vitality to his portraits that made it appear as if his models could just step out of the past into the present. Hals was one of the few painters in the seventeenth century who dared portray his figures - often common folk - with a hearty laugh and bared teeth. Merriment and jokes are prominent features in his genre paintings; artists in the Golden Age frequently used it in their work. Now - centuries later - the visual jokes are harder to fathom. A great deal of new research into the field has been carried out, particularly in the last twenty years, and we are beginning to get an idea of the full extent of seventeenth-century humor. Contents: Foreword - The Art of Laughter. Contemporaries on Comic Paintings in the Golden Age - LOL from Bruegel to Brakenburgh - Catalogue - Notes essays - Notes catalogue - Bibliography. Published to accompany an exhibition at Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, which runs until 18 March 2018.