Portrait of a Young Man

Frans Hals (Dutch, 1582/83-1666)
Oil on canvas 
26-1/2 x 20 in. (67.3 x 50.8 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
On View

A resident of Haarlem, Frans Hals was one of the finest portrait painters of the seventeenth century. He brought to the traditional format and poses of Dutch portraiture a liveliness and dash that made his paintings stand out against those of his competitors. As a specialist in the depiction of cheerful moments, Hals communicated a sense of well-being and high-spiritedness even in his more formal portraits. This liveliness was a powerful part of Hals' appeal. In this painting, the immediacy of the impression depends not only on the responsive facial expression, but also on the vitality of colors and vigor of the brushstrokes.


Rodolphe Kann, Paris, by 1900, sold 1907 to;
[Duveen Brothers, Paris, sold July 1909 to];
[Knoedler & Co., London, jointly owned with Arthur Tooth & Sons, Ltd., London; Knoedler London stock no. 4537/Knoelder New York stock no. 11820, sold October 1910 to];
Sir Hugh Lane, London.
Arthur M. Grenfell, Roehampton, Surrey, sold June 1913 to;
[M. Knoedler & Co., Paris, Knoedler London stock no. 5661/Knoedler New York stock no. 13261, jointly owned with Thos. Agnew & Sons, London, sold 11 August 1913 to];
George Eastman, New York.
[Duveen Bros., New York];
J. M. Stettenheim, New York, 1935 until at least 1942.
[Kurt M. Stern, New York, sold 7 December 1953 to];
[Wildenstein & Co., New York, sold 1961 to];
Norton Simon, gift 1972 to;
The Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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