National Gallery in London – The Credit Suisse Exhibition
This exhibition, the first major retrospective of Hals in more than 30 years, means a new generation can discover why he deserves his place as one of the greatest painters in Western art.
Hals was one of the most sought-after painters of his generation whose portraits enthralled 17th century audiences and earned him the status of Haarlem’s famous son. His deft brushwork was unparalleled and he built his reputation on a new style of portrait – highly unusual in his time – that showed relaxed, lively sitters, often smiling, and even laughing.
In the series:
Jan. 9: Frans Hals
Jan. 16: Wine, women, and song
Jan. 23: Symbols and body language