HAARLEM, Netherlands—Not everybody likes Rembrandt. Lovely work with the honeyed hues, but overall too dark, too sombre! Try some Frans Hals, then. Hals (1580-1666) was a contemporary of Rembrandt’s and another Dutch master, but where Rembrandt was gold, Hals was silver; where Rembrandt was moody, Hals was exuberant. To some he was the first Impressionist, eschewing finicky detail for broad, confident strokes. He influenced Monet and Manet; van Gogh loved him.
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