Frans Hals: The Male Portrait (Paperback)

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Frans Hals: The Male Portrait (Paperback)


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This is the first book to concentrate on Dutch Golden Age painter Frans Hals's highly innovative approach to male portraiture.

Frans Hals is one of the greatest portrait painters of all time and, together with Rembrandt, is one of the most eminent seventeenth-century Dutch artists. Published to coincide with the Wallace Collection's exhibition of the same name, Frans Hals: The Male Portrait explores the artist's highly innovative approach to male portraiture, from the beginning of his career in the 1610s until the end of his life in 1666.

Through pose, expression and virtuosic painterly technique, Hals revolutionised the male portrait into something entirely new and fresh, capturing and revealing his sitters' characters like no one else before him. This book includes the first in-depth study of Hals's great masterpiece, The Laughing Cavalier, from 1624. The extravagantly dressed young man, confidently posed with his left arm akimbo in the extreme foreground of the picture and seemingly penetrating into the viewer's space, has been charming audiences for over a century.

Richly illustrated, Frans Hals: The Male Portrait situates The Laughing Cavalier within the artist's larger oeuvre and demonstrates how, at a relatively early point in his career, Hals was able to achieve this great masterpiece.

Lelia Packer is Curator of Dutch, Italian, Spanish, German and Pre-1600 Paintings at the Wallace Collection.

Ashok Roy is former Director of Science and Collections at the National Gallery, London.
Product Details ISBN: 9781781301104
ISBN-10: 1781301107
Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers
Publication Date: January 4th, 2022
Pages: 144
Language: English

“beautifully presented and lavishly illustrated catalogue [...] as accessible and exciting for the general reader as for specialist conservators.” - James Innes-Mulraine

“this lavishly illustrated paperback shows how Hals was able to achieve a masterpiece at a relatively early stage in his career.” —Arts & Collections

“This book you can treasure forever.” —Historical Association

“The catalogue, by Lelia Packer and Ashok Roy, is a brilliant book that’s concise, detailed, and informed. Its treatment of iconography is, to me, a feast.” - Brian T. Allen, National Review