Baroque and Rococo


Baroque and Rococo Art Map

Frans Hals


Frans Hals

(b Antwerp, 1581–5; d Haarlem, 29 Aug 1666).

In the field of group portraiture his work is equalled only by that of Rembrandt. Hals’s portraits, both individual and group, have an immediacy and brilliance that bring his sitters to life in a way previously unknown in the Netherlands. This effect, achieved by strong Baroque designs and the innovative use of loose brushstrokes to depict light on form, was not to the taste of critics in the 18th century and the early 19th, when his work was characterized as lazy and unfinished. However, with the rise of Realism and, later, Impressionism, Hals was hailed as a modern painter before his time. Since then his works have always been popular.


Jacobus Zaffius

Oil on panel, 54,5 x 41,5 cm
Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem



Portrait of a Man Holding a Skull

c. 1611
Oil on panel, 94 x 72,5 cm
Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham


Portrait of a Woman

c. 1611
Oil on panel, 94,2 x 71,1 cm
Chatsworth House, Devonshire


Shrovetide Revellers

c. 1615
Oil on canvas
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


Pieter Cornelisz van der Morsch

Oil on panel transferred to canvas, 88,1 69,5 cm
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh


Banquet of the Officers of the St George Civic Guard

Oil on canvas, 175 x 324 cm
Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem


Theodorus Schrevelius

Oil on copper set into a wooden panel, 15,5 x 12 cm
Musée d'État, Luxembourg (on loan)


Paulus van Beresteyn

c. 1620
Oil on canvas, 137,1 x 104 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris


Catharina Both van der Eem

c. 1620
Oil on canvas, 137,2 x 99,8 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris


The Rommel Pot Player

Oil on canvas, 106 x 80,3 cm
Kimbell Art Museum, Forth Worth


Catharina Hooft with her Nurse

Oil on canvas, 68 x 65 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin


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