Frans Hals

Frans Hals, the son of a weaver, was born in Antwerp some time between 1581 and 1585. Hals joined Haarlem’s artist guild in 1610. Hals was famous for his loose manner of painting, referred to by his contemporaries as 'the rough style'. This style has been both admired and reviled down the centuries. Hals tended to concentrate on portraits, and painted some superb civic guard pieces. He died in 1666 and was buried at St Bavo's, Haarlem’s principal church.
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Portrait of a woman, Frans Hals, ca. 1635

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The fabulously wealthy Haarlem merchant and his wife commissioned their friend Frans Hals to paint their portrait in an unusual way. Seventeenth-century couples rarely appear together in a single painting, especially in such a nonchalant pose.  Hals included all kinds of symbols of love in the scene, such as the thistle on the left. A Dutch name for the plant was ‘husband’s fidelity’. Portrait of a couple in a garden, Frans Hals, ca. 1622.

Portrait of Isaac Abrahamsz. Massa and Beatrix van der Laen, Frans Hals, 1622

Officieren en andere schutters van wijk XI in Amsterdam onder leiding van kapitein Reijnier Reael en luitenant Cornelis Michielsz Blaeuw, bekend als De magere compagnie, Frans Hals, 1637

The company of Captain Reinier Reael and Lieutenant Cornelis Michielsz. Blaeuw, known as the ‘Meagre Company’, 1633 - 1637 - Frans Hals

Portret van een man, wellicht Theodorus Schrevelius, Frans Hals, 1628 - 1686

Portret van een man, wellicht Theodorus Schrevelius, Frans Hals, 1628 - 1686

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