DP145901

Frans Hals (Dutch, Antwerp 1582/83–1666 Haarlem), Merrymakers at Shrovetide, ca. 1616–17. Oil on canvas, 51 3/4 x 39 1/4 in. (131.4 x 99.7 cm). Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913. A.N. 14.40.605. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art holds the most important collection of paintings in America by the celebrated Dutch artist Frans Hals (1582/83-1666), whose portraits and genre scenes were famous in his lifetime for their immediacy and dazzling brushwork. Frans Hals in the Metropolitan Museum—on view from July 26, through October 10, 2011—will present 13 paintings by Hals, including two lent from private collections, and several works by other Netherlandish masters.

The exhibition is generously made possible by Bernard and Louise Palitz.

Frans Hals is one of the most familiar and accessible of the Old Master painters. His name is second only to Rembrandt’s in The Netherlands and equals Vermeer’s in its evocation of the Golden Age of Dutch art. After falling out of favor in the 18th century, Hals’s work was championed from the 1860s onward by Realist and Impressionist masters such as Courbet, Manet, and Sargent, and collected by several of the Metropolitan Museum’s major benefactors.

The exhibition will focus primarily on the Metropolitan Museum’s 11 autograph paintings by Hals, which represent the full range of his work apart from large group portraits. Several of the Museum’s paintings by Hals are famous, especially the early Merrymakers at Shrovetide (ca. 1616) and the so-called Jonker Ramp and His Sweetheart (1623), both bequeathed to the Museum by Benjamin Altman in 1913. The Metropolitan Museum has two other genre scenes by Hals as well as seven fine portraits dating from the 1620s through the 1650s. Also included in the exhibition will be two loans from private collections in New York—the small, exquisite Portrait of Samuel Ampzing (1630), on copper, and the well-known Fisher Girl (1630-32). A selection of other Netherlandish paintings from the Museum’s collection by artists including Rubens, Van Dyck, Steen, and Brouwer will set Hals’s work in the context of his native Haarlem and will help clarify how exceptional his animated poses and virtuoso brushwork were at the time.

Frans Hals in the Metropolitan Museum is organized by Walter Liedtke, Curator in the Metropolitan Museum’s Department of European Paintings.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a Bulletin, written by Walter Liedtke, which will be devoted to Frans Hals’s life and work, and which will also consider each of the Metropolitan Museum’s paintings by Hals in detail. The Bulletin will be on sale in the Museum’s book shops.

DP145899

Frans Hals (Dutch, Antwerp 1582/83–1666 Haarlem), Young Man and Woman in an Inn ("Yonker Ramp and His Sweetheart"), 1623. Oil on canvas, 41 1/2 x 31 1/4 in. (105.4 x 79.4 cm). Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913. A.N. 14.40.602. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

DP145900

Frans Hals (Dutch, Antwerp 1582/83–1666 Haarlem), , Boy with a Lute, 1625. Oil on canvas,28 3/8 x 23 1/4 in. (72.1 x 59.1 cm). Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913. A.N. 14.40.604. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

DP146499

Frans Hals (Dutch, Antwerp 1582/83–1666 Haarlem), , The Smoker, ca 1625. Oil on wood. Octagonal, 18 3/8 x 19 1/2 in. (46.7 x 49.5 cm). Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1889. A.N. 89.15.34. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

DP145927

Frans Hals (Dutch, Antwerp 1582/83–1666 Haarlem), , Portrait of a Bearded Man with a Ruff, 1625. Oil on canvas, 30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm). The Jules Bache Collection, 1949. A.N. 49.7.34. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

DP146451

Frans Hals (Dutch, Antwerp 1582/83–1666 Haarlem), , Petrus Scriverius (1576–1660), 1626. Oil on wood, 8 3/4 x 6 1/2 in. (22.2 x 16.5 cm). H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929. A.N. 29.100.8. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

DP146452

Frans Hals (Dutch, Antwerp 1582/83–1666 Haarlem), , Anna van der Aar (born 1576/77, died after 1626), 1626. Oil on wood, 8 3/4 x 6 1/2 in. (22.2 x 16.5 cm). H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929. A.N. 29.100.9. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

DP124055

Frans Hals (Dutch, Antwerp 1582/83–1666 Haarlem), , Portrait of a Man, possibly Nicolaes Pietersz Duyst van Voorhout (born about 1600, died 1650), ca. 1636–38. Oil on canvas, 31 3/4 x 26 in. (80.6 x 66 cm). The Jules Bache Collection, 1949. A.N. 49.7.33. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

DP146480

Frans Hals (Dutch, Antwerp 1582/83–1666 Haarlem), , Paulus Verschuur (1606–1667), 1643. Oil on canvas, 46 3/4 x 37 in. (118.7 x 94 cm). Gift of Archer M. Huntington, in memory of his father, Collis Potter Huntington, 1926. A.N. 26.101.11. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

DP146458

Frans Hals (Dutch, Antwerp 1582/83–1666 Haarlem), , Portrait of a Man, early 1650s. oil on canvas, 43 1/2 x 34 in. (110.5 x 86.4 cm). Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1890/ A.N. 91.26.9. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

DP143203

Frans Hals (Dutch, Antwerp 1582/83–1666 Haarlem), , Portrait of a Woman, ca. 1650, reworked probably 18th century. Oil on canvas, 39 3/8 x 32 1/4 in. (100 x 81.9 cm). Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1890/ A.N. 91.26.10. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York