Known for his energetic Dutch genre paintings, 17th century painter Frans Hals depicted bawdy tavern scenes with a combination of loose brush stokes and economy of detail. The effect is fresh and lively. He is also noted for introducing the group portrait to Dutch art.
He developed the ability to capture expressions and emotions with exacting clarity, and seemed to favor depicting a variety of social strata, from tavern dwellers to high society.
He was a prolific and popular artist, painting many portraits of the wealthy in Haarlem. He lived a long life, which eventually ended in poverty as his style of artwork was replaced by newer, more popular styles.
|Frans Hals, |
The Laughing Cavalier, 1624,
oil on canvas,
83 × 67.3 cm (32.7 × 26.5 in)