|The Night Watch, 1642, Rembrandt van Rijn|
|Jester with a Lute, 1620-25, Frans Hals|
Yet both men followed roughly the career outline mentioned above. We are perplexed to wonder how the work of a master like Rembrandt Van Rijn could ever be "out of fashion." How could tastes be so fickle? How could the freshness and spirited excitement of Hals's oil sketches of pleasure-seeking carousers possibly be seen as "old fashioned?" What were they, fashion designers? No, it comes down to the fact that they were themselves, stable, lasting, artistic forces to be reckoned with, moving forward, not zigzagging around pursuing public adulation like movie stars or politicians. That is why their work, not their personalities has survived as monuments, not a string of fads.