Frans Hals: Detecting a Decade at the Dallas Museum of Art


June 01, 2020 to December 31, 2020


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Explore the Dallas Museum of Art's newest virtual tour of their European Art Galleries, an exquisite grouping of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper with strengths in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. The European Art Galleries on Level 2 were completely reinstalled in summer 2019, prompted by the final bequest of 32 Impressionist and modern masterworks gifted by Margaret and Eugene McDermott to benefit the DMA.

The galleries offer a fresh interpretation of the Museum’s European collection, featuring rarely shown works that have been restored for exhibition, a new presentation of Old Master paintings and sculpture, and the integration of the McDermotts’ magnificent gift.

Highlights include artwork by Jacques-Louis David, Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, Canaletto, Claude-Joseph Vernet, Joseph Mallord William Turner, Edouard Manet, Gustave Courbet, Rosa Bonheur, Pablo Picasso, and Henry Moore. The collection is also distinguished by its outstanding holdings in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art by Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, Gustave Caillebotte, Camille Pissarro, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Paul Signac, and Édouard Vuillard, among others.

Included in the special virtual exhibition is Frans Hals: Detecting a Decade
Hals was the leading portrait painter in the Dutch city of Haarlem (near Amsterdam) during the period following the Reformation when European countries were divided between Catholicism and Protestantism.

The sitter in this exhibition’s portraits was one of the most powerful men in Haarlem, Pieter Jacobsz Olycan (1572–1658). These works were painted about a decade apart and not only chart Olycan’s changing appearance as he grew older but also offer considerable insight into the evolution of the artist’s style.