Born in Haarlem in 1591, Dirck Hals resided in that city his entire life. He was the brother of Frans Hals, the renowned portrait artist who painted the iconic "Laughing Cavalier" now in the Wallace Collection, London. A member of the Guild of St. Luke's from 1627-1656, his contemporaries held him in high esteem. Dirck Hals is regarded as one of the pioneers of Dutch genre painting, and this scene of musicians in an interior is a subject he depicted often Engravings of Hals's work by Cornelis van Kittensteijn, Salomon Savery and Gillis van Scheyndel circulated throughout Europe and enhanced his reputation. Works by Dirck Hals are found in many of leading museums including the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; National Gallery, London and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
Signature: unsigned; panel retains old red wax collector stamp on the verso
Ex. Coll: Lawrence Steigrad Fine Art, New York, NY c. 2000; to private collection, Belmont, Massachusetts to present