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Frans Hals (Antwerp c. 1580-Haarlem 1666)

Portrait of a Man Dated 1630

Oil on canvas | 116.7 x 90.2 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external) | RCIN 405349

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The background here looks like a prepared canvas not a finished painting. The body is reduced to a black silhouette; the gloves look like mere stripes of thick paint. These things seem to transform before our eyes into a convincing three-dimensional figure in space and a lively and swaggering personality.

First recorded at Buckingham House c.1790