The Wallace Collection presents the first exhibition to focus on the male portraiture of Baroque superstar, Frans Hals.
Arguably Hals’ most famous portrait, The Laughing Cavalier (1624), sits at the centre of the exhibition – it has never been exhibited amongst the artist’s other works before and is celebrated for a number of reasons, including the cheeky expression and mystery behind the identity of the sitter.
The exhibition charts Hals’ career from the 1610s to his death in 1666, exploring how his radical approach to portraiture evolved over time, from finely painted works to the more experimental, loosely handled works of his late career.
Hals is known and celebrated for revolutionising the male portrait. He was a manipulator of pose and painterly technique, diving deep into the personality behind the superficial appearance of his sitters, qualities that are evident in this selection of his most accomplished works from Europe and North America.