Group of children by Frans Hals

Group of children by Frans Hals

It is possible that for this joyful picture Hal’su was posed by his own children. Kharmen, his son from his first marriage, was in 1620 nine years old, and Sarah, the eldest daughter of the second marriage, about four. Children in the picture are carried away by an interesting game: they tied a goat to a small cart. The girls sit in a cart as noble ladies in a carriage, and the boy plays the role of coachman. The picture is permeated with fun and carelessness. Even the “riding goat” seems to be pleased.

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