National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Willem Coymans Frans Hals (artist)
Dutch, c. 1582/1583 - 1666
Willem Coymans, 1645
oil on canvas
overall: 77 x 64 cm (30 5/16 x 25 3/16 in.) framed: 105.4 x 92.1 x 10.8 cm (41 1/2 x 36 1/4 x 4 1/4 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection
1937.1.69
On View
From the Tour: Frans Hals
Object 3 of 7

Conservation Notes

The original support is a fine, tightly woven, plain-weave fabric with weave irregularities. It has been lined with the original tacking margins trimmed and the edges of the painting turned over to form the present tacking margins. The reduction in size appears minimal, as marked cusping is present on all sides.

A moderately thick tan ground layer lies under a light brown imprimatura layer. Paint was applied thinly, frequently exposing the imprimatura. Both low and high impasto articulate the sleeve and jacket brocade. Although the paint and ground are cupped, there are only minor flake losses, and abrasion is confined to the edges. The painting was restored in 1986.

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