Male portrait - Frans Hals. 84.5 x 67
Frans Hals was one of the most famous painters of the Dutch Golden Age. The master of the portrait genre created more than 900 works in which he presented children, the poor and aristocrats, guardsmen and drinking buddies from various zucchini.
“Male portrait” refers to a series of portraits similar in staging the model: it is presented in a half-turn against a dark background, from which the face and wardrobe elements — gloves, a white collar — stand out in bright contrasting spots. Perhaps the male officer depicted in the portrait is hinted at by his right hand, lying on the spot where the sword’s hilt is usually located. Hals works in a new free manner with a wide, tangible brushstroke that models well. Two centuries later, Hals's innovative painting style will inspire a whole association of impressionist artists.