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Frans Hals: So much more than the Laughing Cavalier
Frans Hals: So much more than the Laughing Cavalier

Wed, 20 Apr


East Horsley Village Hall

Frans Hals: So much more than the Laughing Cavalier

Join Hilary Williams for an exploration into the work of Dutch Golden Age painter, Frans Hals the Elder.

Time & location

20 Apr 2022, 10:30

East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Ave, East Horsley, Leatherhead KT24 6QT

About the event

Frans Hals the Elder was a Dutch Golden Age painter. This lecture looks at his work beyond The Laughing Cavalier

Would Rembrandt have painted the 'Nightwatch' (1642) without Frans Hals having created his many 'doelen' group portraits? Hals (c.1582/3-1666) based in Haarlem, significantly developed the very Dutch type of group portraits of Civic Guard companies along with portraits of gatherings of those who wanted to be commemorated for having done their civic duty for their Dutch city. How did he change the Haarlem School? What makes Hals so special in his style of portraiture? With his dazzling brushwork, was he, as some have argued, "the first Impressionist"?

About the speaker

Hilary Williams is the Education Officer: Art History, at the British Museum and was previously a curator in the BM’s Department of Prints & Drawings.   She is a specialist in Dutch 17th century art, having published on Rembrandt.  She has also worked for the Wallace Collection, London and the Royal Collection Trust.

This event is free to members.

Visitors are welcome to join us - £5 on the door.

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