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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The Merry Drinker (detail)  1628-30 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
The Merry Drinker (detail) 1628-30
Lucas de Clercq  c. 1635 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Lucas de Clercq c. 1635
Dutch Cavalier - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Dutch Cavalier
Herman Langelius  c. 1660 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Herman Langelius c. 1660
Family Portrait in a Landscape c. 1620 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Family Portrait in a Landscape c. 1620
Seated Man Holding a Branch  c. 1645 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Seated Man Holding a Branch c. 1645
Three Children with a Goat Cart  1620 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Three Children with a Goat Cart 1620
The Rommel Pot Player - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
The Rommel Pot Player
Verdonck c. 1627 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Verdonck c. 1627
Portrait of a Man  1622 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Portrait of a Man 1622
Portrait of a man, possibly Nicolaes Hasselaer - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Portrait of a man, possibly Nicolaes Hasselaer
Portrait of a Preacher 1658-60 - Frans Hals - www.frans-hals.org
Portrait of a Preacher 1658-60

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