Portrait of a Seated Man (1660 – 1666) by Frans Hals

Portrait of a Seated Man - Frans Hals - 1660 - 1666

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of a Seated Man
ArtistFrans Hals
Date1660 - 1666
Dimensions69 x 60.5 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationMusée Jacquemart-André, Paris, France

About Portrait of a Seated Man

The artwork “Portrait of a Seated Man” was crafted by the renowned artist Frans Hals between 1660 to 1666. Executed in oil on canvas, this portrait measures 69 cm in height and 60.5 cm in width and is a quintessential representation of the Baroque art movement. The genre of the painting is classified as a portrait, providing a glimpse into the individuality of the sitter. This significant work of art is part of the collection at the Musée Jacquemart-André, located in Paris, France.

In the artwork, a man is depicted seated, occupying a central position against a dark, largely unarticulated background. His body is turned slightly to the side, while his gaze meets the viewer directly, conveying a sense of engagement and presence. The sitter’s facial features are rendered with careful attention to detail, reflecting the artist’s skill in capturing human expression. The man’s long hair falls around his shoulders and his mustache and goatee are well-groomed, characterizing the fashion of the period.

The subject is attired in clothing that suggests a sense of wealth or social standing, marked by the intricate lace at his collar and the adornment that can be seen at the center of his chest. Hals’s adept handling of light and shadow carves out the figure from the dark background, focusing on the luminosity of the man’s face and the reflective textures of his garb.

The composition exudes dynamism inherent in the Baroque style, with a sense of immediacy and naturalism. Hals’s loose and expressive brushwork, particularly evident in the handling of the lace and hair, adds to the vivacity and texture of the painting. This artwork stands as a testament to the artist’s mastery in portraiture, capturing not only the physical likeness but also suggesting the personality and temperament of the sitter.

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