Frans Hals

Frans Hals - Large Format Fine Art Prints and Reproductions

Frans Hals (1582/1583 – 1666) was a Dutch Golden Age painter who lived and worked in Haarlem.

Before Frans Hals, few portrait painters had convincingly captured people in the spontaneous act of living. Hals trained in Haarlem with Flemish painter Karel van Mander and was admitted to the painter's guild there in 1610. Except for a trip to Antwerp in 1616, Hals never left Holland. Traditionally, portraits had been posed and were prized for restraint, but Hals conveyed the sense of capturing his subjects in the fleeting moment. For earlier painters, drawing was primary; with Hals, paint dominates. No preliminary sketches exist; he probably worked on the canvas using the paint's viscosity and his brushstrokes' shapes to create texture and describe surfaces. Even his rare religious paintings were approached like portraiture. 

Through the 1620s Hals's pictures were joyous in mood, but during the 1630s his style became increasingly sober. The sympathy and insight of his late work could equal Rembrandt van Rijn's. Hals's workshop was extremely successful, but his finances were a disaster. He died destitute and may have been an alcoholic. Unlike other masters who deliberately developed styles that assistants could copy, Hals's technique could not be followed by an average painter. His style anticipated Impressionism, and appreciation of his work grew in the 1800s, fueled by artists such as Gustave Courbet and Édouard Manet.

Available
Frans Hals

Militia Company of District XI

€37.00
Militia Company of District XI under the Command of Captain Reynier Reael, Known as ‘The Meagre Company’. A commission for a civic guard portrait was rarely granted to a painter from outside the city. Quite exceptionally, Frans Hals – from Haarlem – was asked to paint this group portrait. However, he soon found himself at odds with the guardsmen, and the...
Available
Frans Hals

Portrait of a Couple

€37.00
Portrait of a Couple, Probably Isaac Abrahamsz Massa and Beatrix van der Laen. This happy, smiling pair sits comfortably close to each other. Posing a couple together in this way was highly unusual at the time. It may have been prompted by the sitters’ friendship with the painter and the occasion for the commission – their marriage in April 1622. The...
Available
Frans Hals

Portrait of a Man

€37.00
The man sits sideways, with his arm resting on the back of his chair. It seems as if he has just turned around to look at an unexpected visitor. His right hand only just fits within the picture plane. The execution is free and loose, with individual brushstrokes clearly visible. It is an unusually informal portrait for the time. 1635, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Available
Frans Hals

Portrait of a Man (2)

€37.00
Directing a sombre, perhaps somewhat melancholy gaze out at us, this man looks at us with a physical and mental immediacy that bridges the 350 years separating his space from ours. The artist did not aim for idealisation. The asymmetrical features and jaundiced skin tones are depicted exactly as they are. The hands are gathered around a pair of gloves,...
Available
Frans Hals

Portrait of a Woman

€37.00
Compared with the dynamic "Portrait of a Man", this one of his wife makes a somewhat more formal impression. The pose is traditional, with the upper torso turned slightly to the left. She looks straight at the viewer, her lips slightly parted as though she is about to speak. Her face is rendered in much thinner paint than that of her husband, beautifully...
Available
Frans Hals

Saint John the Evangelist

€37.00
Observed by his symbol, the eagle, and poised to write God's words, Saint John looks up for divine inspiration, which he receives as brilliant light. Saint John, the Galilean fisherman who became one of Christ's apostles, is traditionally considered the author of the Gospel according to John and of the Bible's Book of Revelation. Hals used only light and...
Available
Frans Hals

The Merry Drinker

€37.00
A Militiaman Holding a Berkemeyer, Known as the ‘Merry Drinker’. This militiaman merrily raises his glass to toast us – who would not wish to join him? The execution is just as free and easy as the sitter himself: the swift, spontaneously applied brushstrokes enhance the portrait’s sense of liveliness and animation. The man actually seems to be moving....
Product added to wishlist

CasaPrints uses cookies to offer you a better browsing experience