Portrait - Frans Hals
Portrait

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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Catharina Hooft with her Nurse (detail 2) 1619-20 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Catharina Hooft with her Nurse (detail 2) 1619-20
Boy Playing a Violin 1625-30 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Boy Playing a Violin 1625-30
St Matthew  c. 1625 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
St Matthew c. 1625
Cornelia Claesdr Vooght 1631 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Cornelia Claesdr Vooght 1631
The Fisher Boy  1630-32 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
The Fisher Boy 1630-32
Nicolaes Woutersz van der Meer 1631 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Nicolaes Woutersz van der Meer 1631
Andries van der Horn  1638 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Andries van der Horn 1638
Catharina Both van der Eem c. 1620 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Catharina Both van der Eem c. 1620
Company of Captain Reinier Reael, known as the 'Meagre... - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Company of Captain Reinier Reael, known as the 'Meagre...
Singing Girl  1626-30 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Singing Girl 1626-30
The Meagre Company  1633-37 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
The Meagre Company 1633-37
Johannes Hoornbeek  1645 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Johannes Hoornbeek 1645

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