The Laughing Cavalier

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The Laughing Cavalier

Frans Hals

Information about The Laughing Cavalier

  • Year created: 1624
  • Creator: Frans Hals
  • Country of Origin: Netherlands
  • Dimensions: 83 x 67.3 cm (32.7 x 26.5 in)
  • Weight: N/A
  • Collection: Paintings
  • Gallery: Great Gallery

A highly gifted portraitist, Frans Hals had a supreme ability to characterise his sitters and make them appear lifelike. This exuberant portrait of a young man, aged 26, wearing a flamboyant costume is his most famous painting. The man’s confident pose with his left hand on his hip, upturned hat and moustache, and coy expression, imbue the portrait with a unique vitality. The black sash is particularly noteworthy as it showcases Hals’s dazzling capacity to paint using a limited colour palette, leading Vincent van Gogh to exclaim that "Frans Hals must have had 27 blacks"!

A painting of a man with a beard wearing a hat

The Laughing Cavalier

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Seventeenth-century, three-quarter length portrait of a young man
P84, The Laughing Cavalier, Frans Hals

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