Paulus Verschuur (1606–1667)

Frans Hals Dutch

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 616

This portrait of the Rotterdam merchant Paulus Verschuur, with one arm akimbo and a voluminous cloak wrapped around his midsection, displays all the swagger that made Hals a sought-after and influential portraitist. The artist’s signature rough brushwork, visible for example in the lace and glove, fell out of fashion in his own lifetime, but eventually exerted a great influence on Impressionist artists of the nineteenth century.

Paulus Verschuur (1606–1667), Frans Hals (Dutch, Antwerp 1582/83–1666 Haarlem), Oil on canvas

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