By: Frans Hals (1582-1666)
Created: 1623-1624, Collection: Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands Rights: Public Domain
A guitar can replace the lute. The most important is the happy expression on the face of the player.
Actually, the Lute Player refers to a painting now in the Louvre by the Haarlem painter Frans Hals, showing a smiling actor wearing a jester’s costume and playing a lute.
The painting we are using for VanGoYourself is a period copy made of this painting before 1626. It has been attributed variously to Frans Hals or his brother Dirk or the female painter Judith Leyster. This copy is now in the collection of the Rijksmuseum.
This painting has been copied by other artists, most notably by David Bailly in his 1651 self portrait with his artist’s influences, and by Adriaan de Lelie with his 1813 self portrait with Josephus Augustinus Brentano. Aspects of the painting have also been copied, such as the pose of the hands and the upward smiling face, such as Jan Steen’s self portrait as a smiling lute player.
And now it is your turn to wow the world with a new interpretation of the Lute Player!