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image of Portrait of a Man Frans Hals (artist)
Dutch, c. 1582/1583 - 1666
Portrait of a Man, 1648/1650
oil on canvas
overall: 63.5 x 53.5 cm (25 x 21 1/16 in.) framed: 92.4 x 81.3 x 9.2 cm (36 3/8 x 32 x 3 5/8 in.)
Widener Collection
1942.9.28
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From the Tour: Frans Hals
Object 7 of 7

In the lower left corner, this canvas bears Frans Hals' monogram: FH. The unidentified sitter holds his right hand over his chest, covering his heart. This gesture not only conveys his sincerity and passion but also may imply that he is an artist who proclaims his sensitivity.

The fluid brushstrokes defining individual strands of hair are consistent with Hals' later work. At that time, hats with cylindrical crowns and upturned brims were stylish. This hat must have been painted out sometime before 1673. That was the year of the death of a minor Dutch artist who copied this portrait with the model bare-headed. In 1991, National Gallery conservators removed the overpaint and revealed the portrait's original appearance with the hat pushed back high on the head.

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