Portrait of a Woman

Frans Hals Dutch

Not on view

The picture dates from about 1650 and originally had a neutral background, as in the Marquand Portrait of a Man (91.26.9). In the 1660s or later the work was modernized by repainting the background; the monumental architecture in particular is unsympathetic to the figure's friendly gaze and natural pose. The paint surface is worn and has been flattened by lining.

Portrait of a Woman, Frans Hals (Dutch, Antwerp 1582/83–1666 Haarlem), Oil on canvas

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