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Report from the Front

Art criticism, sometimes with context, occasional politics. New shows: "events;" how to support the online edition: "works."



Frans Hals (Dutch, Antwerp 1582/83--1666 Haarlem). Portrait of a Man, possibly Nicolaes Pietersz van Voorhout (born about 1600, died 1650). Ca. 1636-38, oil on canvas, 31 3/4 x 26 in. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.33)
Looking at dark, rich Old Masters in August is a little like consuming a heavy meal of meat & potatoes in 90-degree weather, instead of a light salad (like Fragonard ) or chilled borscht (like Kandinsky) . Nevertheless, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is treating us to another one of those  Read More 
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