Shrovetide festival by Frans Hals

Genre scenes have always been popular in Holland. An honest toiler – be it a merchant or an artisan – loved the simple instructiveness of these pictures. Traditionally, each of

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Male portrait by Frans Hals

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 introduced children,

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Lady with a Fan by France Huls

Stored in the London National Gallery Lady with a fan – a typical custom portrait: there are no fortune tellers and drinkers, which the artist so loved to portray. From

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Gypsy girl by France Huls

In this work, Hals created an emphatically sensual image. Gypsy – with bare head, loose hair and bold decollete – desperately unlike prudish and dry virtuous matrons, whom we meet

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