Frans Hals (1582/3–1666),
Frans Hals (1582/3–1666), "Willem Coymans," 1645, oil on canvas, 30 5/16 x 25 3/16 in., National Gallery of Art, Washington, Andrew W. Mellon Collection, 1937.1.69

Frans Hals: The Male Portrait
The Wallace Collection, London
Through January 30, 2022

The Dutch painter Frans Hals (c. 1582/3–1666) was praised by contemporaries for portraits that seem “to live and breathe.” Through his lively compositions and dynamic brushwork, he revolutionized the field, and now the Wallace Collection’s exhibition, “Frans Hals: The Male Portrait,” will celebrate its own Hals portrait by juxtaposing it with more than a dozen examples borrowed from collections around the world.

“The Laughing Cavalier” (1624) was purchased in 1865 by the 4th Marquess of Hertford, the Wallace Collection’s principal founder, who paid the then astronomical sum of 51,000 francs, more than six times its estimate. The resulting publicity brought Hals back into the spotlight after centuries of neglect.

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