Frans Hals

Frans Hals the Elder (UK: /hæls/,[1] US: /hɑːls, hælz, hɑːlz/,[2][3][4] Dutch: [frɑns ˈɦɑls]; c.1582 – 26 August 1666) was a Dutch Golden Age painter, chiefly of individual and group portraits and of genre works, who lived and worked in Haarlem.

Frans Hals
Copy of a self-portrait by Frans Hals
Died26 August 1666(1666-08-26) (aged 83–84)
Notable work
The Gypsy Girl (1628)
Laughing Cavalier (1624)
Laughing Boy (c. 1625)

Hals played an important role in the evolution of 17th-century group portraiture. He is known for his loose painterly brushwork.

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