Titled ‘Hal’ after Dutch painter Frans Hal, who mainly demonstrated individual and group portraits and of genre works, who lived and worked in Haarlem. Hals played an important role in the evolution of 17th-century group portraiture. He is known for his loose painterly brushwork.

The delicate markings that you see across the cheek area occur due to the clay itself rather than the crackle glaze. During the process, the clay will sometimes naturally create fissures. In the case of Hal, Coaten loved the way in which they appeared and decided to make them an integral part of the sculpture by including them within the finished piece. These fissures have been sealed with a clay adhesive, to ensure that they are cemented closed and that they won’t grow with time. Instead, these fine lines form a memory of the clay.

These markings have occurred in some of her works in the past but don’t often happen, therefore making this piece all the more unique and individual.

Additional information

Dimensions Height: 57 cm
Width: 30 cm
Depth: 43 cm