Frans Hals: The Male Portrait at The Wallace Collection

Running from 20 September to 30 January 2022, The stunning Wallace Collection in London will present Frans Hals: The Male Portrait, an exhibition showcasing Hal’s virtuosity to depict men, here by revealing his sitters’ characters like no one else before him. The curation will include paintings by the master, from the beginning of his career in the 1610s until the end of his life in 1666.

Frans Hals mastered dynamism and movement on canvas like on other painter. He painted people in action and had the audacity to feature smiles on faces when fashion was rather focused on formal static portraits. He is renowned for his magnificent use of colour and loose brushwork. As Vincent van Gogh, one of Hals’s greatest admirers, famously noted, ‘Frans Hals must have had twenty-seven blacks’.

The Dutch Golden Age painter’s most famous painting, The Laughing Cavalier, painted in 1624 will take centrestage in the exhibition. Since it entered the Wallace Collection in 1865 as the only work by Hals, this important image has never been seen together with other works by the artist.

This exhibition will bring together a careful selection of the artist’s best works from European and North American private and public collection. It is one of the most awaited exhibition of the Autumn.

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