The Laughing Cavalier

The Laughing Cavalier

Frans Hals

  • 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. 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 the hip, and his upturned hat and moustache, imbue the portrait with a unique vitality. The black sash is particularly noteworthy as it showcases Hals’s dazzling capacity to paint quickly and convincingly using a limited colour palette.


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