Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Hals, Frans

Boy with a Lute
ca. 1625
Oil on canvas
28 3/8 x 23 1/4 in. (72.1 x 59.1 cm)
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Frans Hals (the Elder) (c. 1580 – 1666) was a Dutch Golden Age painter.
He is notable for his loose painterly brushwork, and helped introduce this lively style of painting into Dutch art.
Hals was also instrumental in the evolution of 17th century group portraiture.