Frans Hals

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Frans Hals
Copy of a self-portrait by Frans Hals.
Born c. 1580
Antwerp
Died 26 August 1666 (aged 85–86)
Haarlem
Nationality Flemish - Dutch
Field Painting
Works Gipsy Girl, 1628-30
Willem Coymans

Frans Hals the Elder (c. 1582 – 26 August 1666) was a Dutch painter. He is notable for his loose brushwork. He helped introduce this lively style of painting into Dutch art. Hals was also instrumental in the evolution of 17th century group portrait painting.