An Unknown Man

Frans Hals
1580 – 1666

An Unknown Man

Oil on panel: 12 15/16 x 10 3/4 inches, 32.4 x 26.8 cm



  • with The Weiss Gallery, 2011, sold to
  • Private collection, USA

This compelling and masterful painting is a great new discovery and addition to the oeuvre of Frans Hals, who is acknowledged, along with Rembrandt and Vermeer, as one of the most important of all Dutch 17th century artists of the Golden Age. Only recently discovered in France, in October 2008 the portrait was designated by the French government as trésor national. In the interim, The Louvre have been unsuccessful in their attempt to raise the funds to acquire the work, which their curator of seventeenth century Dutch and Flemish paintings, Blaise Ducos, has described as ‘a true masterpiece’ and ‘a perfect illustration of the reason why artists such as van Gogh and Manet have seen Frans Hals as a model’.

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