‘Frans Hals: The Male Portrait’ The Wallace Collection

Frans Hals, The Laughing Cavalier, 1624. (c) The Trustees of the Wallace Collection, London.

Frans Hals: The Male Portrait

22 September 2021 – 30 January 2022

Already receiving fantastic reviews, The Wallace Collection’s latest exhibition, ‘Frans Hals: The Male Portrait’, brings together portraits by the artist from collections around Europe and America this autumn and winter.

Visitors to The Wallace Collection have long been captivated by Hals’ wonderful portrait ‘The Laughing Cavalier’ with its incredible use of colour and brustroke, creating a portrait that is both full of character and life – qualities that characterise Hals’ work. The exhibition presents an exciting opportunity to see ‘The Laughing Cavalier’  alongside Hals’ other pieces for the first time, enabling the viewer to appreciate Hals’ skill to a far greater degree than before. 

Hals himself had an unusually long career, living from around 1582 to 1666, his life spanning the Dutch Golden Age. The selection of portraits in the exhibition have been chosen from several stages in the artist’s career, highlighting the key changes his style underwent during these decades.

You may notice quite a few of the subjects sporting extremely strong mustaches in the exhibition, which is more than fitting considering the exhibition is supporting the men’s health charity Movember. https://uk.movember.com/about/cause

Visit the exhibition’s website here to find out more.

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