Frans Hals

Dutch, 1582–1666

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Frans Hals

Dutch, 1582–1666

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Frans Hals is best known for his dynamic portraits of wealthy citizens of Haarlem, a Dutch city where prosperity derived from brewing beer and producing luxury fabrics. Rejecting the static poses of traditional portraiture, Hals conveys in his subjects an impression of spontaneity and individuality. In Portrait of a Man (ca. 1635-38), the sitter seems to lean against the oval frame as if looking out a window. Next to Rembrandt and Vermeer, Hals is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest Dutch painters of the “Golden Age,” his bold brushwork inspiring Realist and Impressionist painters.

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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
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Collected by a major institution
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and 2 more
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The Guardian
Biography

Frans Hals is best known for his dynamic portraits of wealthy citizens of Haarlem, a Dutch city where prosperity derived from brewing beer and producing luxury fabrics. Rejecting the static poses of traditional portraiture, Hals conveys in his subjects an impression of spontaneity and individuality. In Portrait of a Man (ca. 1635-38), the sitter seems to lean against the oval frame as if looking out a window. Next to Rembrandt and Vermeer, Hals is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest Dutch painters of the “Golden Age,” his bold brushwork inspiring Realist and Impressionist painters.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
The Guardian
Articles Featuring Frans Hals
The Hidden Masterpieces of the Rijksmuseum
Oct 11th, 2019
The Dutch Golden Age
Jan 16th, 2016
The Baroque Period
Jan 6th, 2016
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