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Portrait - Frans Hals
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Frans Hals (c. 1580 - August 26, 1666) was a Dutch Golden Age painter especially famous for portraiture. He is notable for his loose painterly brushwork, and helped introduce this lively style of painting into Dutch art. Hals was also instrumental in the evolution of 17th century group portraiture.

Hals was born in 1580 or 1581, in Antwerp. Like many, Hals' family emigrated from the Spanish Netherlands to Haarlem In 1585-the year of the Fall of Antwerp-where he lived for the remainder of his life. Hals studied under another Flemish-emigre, Karel van Mander (1548-1606), whose Mannerist influence, however, is not noticeably visible in his work. Afterwards, at the age of 27, he became a member of the city's Guild of Saint Luke. The earliest known example of Hals' art is the 1611, Jacobus Zaffius. His 'breakthrough' came in 1616, with the life-size group portrait, The Banquet of the Officers of the St George Militia Company.


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Frans Post  c.1655 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Frans Post c.1655
Malle Babbe (detail) 1633-35 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Malle Babbe (detail) 1633-35
Banquet of the Officers of the St George Civic Guard... - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Banquet of the Officers of the St George Civic Guard...
Buffoon Playing a Lute c. 1623 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Buffoon Playing a Lute c. 1623
Regentesses of the Old Men's Almshouse  1664 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Regentesses of the Old Men's Almshouse 1664
Regents of the St Elizabeth Hospital of Haarlem  1641 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Regents of the St Elizabeth Hospital of Haarlem 1641
Shrovetide Revellers  c. 1615 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Shrovetide Revellers c. 1615
Isabella Coymans  1650-52 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Isabella Coymans 1650-52
The Meagre Company (detail 1)  1633-37 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
The Meagre Company (detail 1) 1633-37
Young Man with a Skull (Vanitas)  1626-28 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Young Man with a Skull (Vanitas) 1626-28
Jacobus Zaffius 1611 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Jacobus Zaffius 1611
Gypsy Girl - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Gypsy Girl
The Merry Drinker  1628-30 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
The Merry Drinker 1628-30
Banquet of the Officers of the St George Civic Guard... - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Banquet of the Officers of the St George Civic Guard...
Boy Playing A Violin - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Boy Playing A Violin
Portrait of a man with a skull in the left hand - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Portrait of a man with a skull in the left hand
The Laughing Cavalier  1624 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
The Laughing Cavalier 1624
Laughing Child  1620-25 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Laughing Child 1620-25
Willem van Heythuysen  c. 1638 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Willem van Heythuysen c. 1638
Catharina Hooft with her Nurse  1619-20 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Catharina Hooft with her Nurse 1619-20
Portrait of a sitting, sixty year old woman with book... - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Portrait of a sitting, sixty year old woman with book...
Portrait of a Man in a Slouch Hat  1660-66 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Portrait of a Man in a Slouch Hat 1660-66
Portrait of a Man V - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Portrait of a Man V
Portrait of a Man VI - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Portrait of a Man VI
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