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Frans Hals

October 1 – December 31, 1989
West Building, Main Floor, Galleries 73, 74, 75, 77, 78, 79

Frans Hals, Portrait of an Elderly Lady, 1633, oil on canvas, Andrew W. Mellon Collection, 1937.1.67

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: This was the first comprehensive exhibition of Frans Hals' work outside the Netherlands, with 61 paintings and small oil sketches from all phases of his career.

Organization: The Royal Academy of Arts, London, in association with the Frans Halsmuseum in Haarlem, The Netherlands, and the National Gallery of Art organized this show. Seymour Slive, Gleason Professor of Fine Arts at Harvard University, and Christopher Brown, deputy keeper at the National Gallery, London, selected the works with the assistance of Derk Snoep, director of the Frans Halsmuseum, and Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., curator of northern baroque painting at the National Gallery. Wheelock was coordinating curator at the National Gallery. Gaillard Ravenel and Mark Leithauser designed the exhibition, and Gordon Anson designed the lighting.

Sponsor: Republic National Bank of New York, Safra Republic Holdings, S.A., Banco Safra, S.A., Brazil, and an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities supported the exhibition.

Attendance: 196,865

Catalog: Frans Hals, by Seymour Slive et al. London: Royal Academy of Arts in association with Ludion, Brussels, 1989.

Other Venues: Royal Academy of Arts, London, January 13–April 8, 1990
Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem, The Netherlands, May 11–July 22, 1990

Hals, Frans
Dutch, 1582 - 1666