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Nationality: Dutch
Gender: male
Collection: 181 paintings

Frans Hals was a Dutch painter who was born in 1581 in Antwerp to Protestant parents. His first artistic training came when he was about nineteen years old and studied the art of mannerist painting with Karel van Mander and Hals was able to become a member of the Haarlem Painters’ Guild about ten years later. Also, when he was twenty-seven, he joined the Guild of St. Luke. Despite enjoying a fairly steady success through out his artistic career, Hals never became wealthy and continued working in other occupations such as an art dealer and art restorer. He was married twice and had ten children between the two marriages. The paintings of Frans Hals are significant in the history of Western art because as an artist he was able to revolutionize the idea of group portraiture in the baroque style. The success in the compositions of these paintings allows for the emphasis of all included figures, which had been a complaint of many patrons of group portraiture in the past; some members would be in a deemphasized portion of the painting or hidden in shadow. In the early group portraits, Hals strikes a balance between the colors used in the paintings and the energy he conveys from the group setting. In this way, the oil paintings of Frans Hals were great accomplishments in the field of group portraiture. Over time, Frans Hals artwork grew more restrained and he attempted to use more solemn shades and tones of colors to convey a deep psychological presence in the paintings. It is due to this ability, that Franz Hal paintings and portraits gained reputation as a valuable asset to Dutch mannerist portraiture as a whole. To the trained eye, it becomes evident that Frans Hals had an unrestrained yet keenly observational style of brush stroke. It was this accuracy in translating his vision to a free brush stroke that allowed for the highly advanced portrayal of textures and subtleties of lighting that escaped many of his contemporary portrait artists in the seventeenth century as well as portrait artists today. Hals was often noted for painting very quickly which is a fact that just further serves to make up the assertion that his skill between attaching the vision of the subject in front of him to the image on the canvas remained nearly unsurpassed. Of the surviving paintings by Frans Hal, the vast majority are portraits; many genre paintings without recorded names attached to their subjects. Some of the most famous Frans Hal oil paintings are: Portrait of a Jester with a Lute, Bohemian, Portrait of Rene Descartes, A Banquet of the Officers of the St. George Militia Company, Portrait of Stephanus Geeraerdts Alderman of Haarlem, The Laughing Child, and Portrait of Willem Van Heythuysen. All of these paintings display the strength of vision that Frans Hal possessed as he was able to quickly and accurately capture the images of a great variety of individuals during his time.


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Portrait Of The Painter Jan Asselin Paintings | Frans Hals paintings

Portrait Of The Painter Jan Asselin

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Portrait Of Willem Van Heythuysen 1625-30 Paintings | Frans Hals paintings

Portrait Of Willem Van Heythuysen 1625-30

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Portrait Of Young Man 1645 Paintings | Frans Hals paintings

Portrait Of Young Man 1645

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Portrait Of Young Man In A Yellowish Grey Coat 1635 Paintings | Frans Hals paintings

Portrait Of Young Man In A Yellowish Grey Coat 1635

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Portrait Of Young Man In Black Coat 1635 Paintings | Frans Hals paintings

Portrait Of Young Man In Black Coat 1635

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Portrait Of Z Pertseva 1921 Paintings | Frans Hals paintings

Portrait Of Z Pertseva 1921

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Regentesses Of The Old Mens Almshouse (Detail) 1 1664 Paintings | Frans Hals paintings

Regentesses Of The Old Mens Almshouse (Detail) 1 1664

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Regentesses Of The Old Mens Almshouse (Detail) 1664 Paintings | Frans Hals paintings

Regentesses Of The Old Mens Almshouse (Detail) 1664

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Regentesses Of The Old Mens Almshouse (Detail) 2 1664 Paintings | Frans Hals paintings

Regentesses Of The Old Mens Almshouse (Detail) 2 1664

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Regentesses Of The Old Mens Almshouse 1664 Paintings | Frans Hals paintings

Regentesses Of The Old Mens Almshouse 1664

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Regents Of The Old Mens Almshouse 1664 Paintings | Frans Hals paintings

Regents Of The Old Mens Almshouse 1664

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Regents Of The St Elizabeth Hospital Of Haarlem1641 Paintings | Frans Hals paintings

Regents Of The St Elizabeth Hospital Of Haarlem1641

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Rene Descartes 1649 Paintings | Frans Hals paintings

Rene Descartes 1649

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Roses 1912 Paintings | Frans Hals paintings

Roses 1912

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Samuel Ampzing 1630 Paintings | Frans Hals paintings

Samuel Ampzing 1630

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Seated Man Holding A Branch 1645 Paintings | Frans Hals paintings

Seated Man Holding A Branch 1645

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Shrovetide Revellers 1615 Paintings | Frans Hals paintings

Shrovetide Revellers 1615

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Singing Boy With A Flute 1623-25 Paintings | Frans Hals paintings

Singing Boy With A Flute 1623-25

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Singing Girl 1626-30 Paintings | Frans Hals paintings

Singing Girl 1626-30

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St Luke 1625 Paintings | Frans Hals paintings

St Luke 1625

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St Matthew 1625 Paintings | Frans Hals paintings

St Matthew 1625

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Stephanus Geraerdts 1650-52 Paintings | Frans Hals paintings

Stephanus Geraerdts 1650-52

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The Fisher Boy 1630-32 Paintings | Frans Hals paintings

The Fisher Boy 1630-32

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The French Midday 1908 Paintings | Frans Hals paintings

The French Midday 1908

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The Governors Of The Hospital Of St Elisabeth 1641 Paintings | Frans Hals paintings

The Governors Of The Hospital Of St Elisabeth 1641

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