Frans Hals: The Male Portrait

July 29 2021

Image of Frans Hals: The Male Portrait

Picture: Bloomsbury

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Although the Wallace Collection's upcoming exhibition Frans Hals The Male Portrait opens on 22nd September 2021, Bloomsbury have already made their accompanying book available for pre-order. The publication is the work of Lelia Packer and Ashok Roy.

According to the book's blurb:

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.

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