Hals was one of the most sought-after painters of his generation. A gifted artist whose deft brushwork was unparalleled, 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.
17th-century Dutch audiences were enthralled, and the popularity of his portraits earned him the status of Haarlem’s famous son.
This exhibition, the first major retrospective of Hals in more than thirty years, means a new generation can discover why he deserves his place as one of the greatest painters in Western art.
Some 50 of Hals’s finest works will be brought together, including the exceptional, first-ever loan of his most famous picture, ‘The Laughing Cavalier’ (1624), from the Wallace Collection.
From small works to large group portraits, genre scenes, and marriage portraits reunited for the first time from international collections, visitors will see the very best of his life’s work.
And afterward: join up for a coffee or light lunch in National Gallery
Meet at the entrance to the Exhibition at 10.45 for an 11.00 entry
Accompanied by Judy de Haas
Ticket Price: £20 concessions available
Book your own ticket online on https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/exhibitions/the-credit-suisse-exhibition-frans-hals
Please email Judy de Haas on email@example.com to say you will be coming.