Born in Haarlem, Netherlands in 1590, my 10th great grandfather, Dirck Hals was the younger brother of Frans Hals who was a famous artist and probably one of Dirck's teachers. Other painters who influenced Dirck were Esaias van de Velde and Willem Buytewech.
Apart from a few portraits, he devoted himself exclusively to the painting of conversation pieces of the cheerful domestic life of prosperous burghers in their houses or gardens.
Less famous than this brother Frans, Dirck was not interested in the serious side of life. His work depicted people in conversation, while flirting, making music, dancing, eating and drinking.
His interiors are hardly not fully worked out, but rather with with the emphasis on fashionable dress and colorful representations.
Dirck's art succeeded in putting across people's high spirits through facial expression, costly dress, posture and loose grouping.
Many of Dirck's paintings are shown in the photo group below.