National Gallery
Wed 8 Nov 2023
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Curator’s introduction: The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Frans Hals image

Bart Cornelis, Curator of Dutch and Flemish Paintings, introduces ‘The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Frans Hals.’
Hals was one of the most sought-after painters of his generation. A gifted artist whose deft brushwork was unparalleled, he built his reputation on a new style of portrait – highly unusual in his time – that showed relaxed, lively sitters, often smiling, and even laughing.
This exhibition, the first major retrospective of Hals in more than thirty years, means a new generation can discover why he deserves his place as one of the greatest painters in Western art.