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The National Gallery announces The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Frans Hals

The largest exhibition devoted to the work of Frans Hals for more than thirty years opens at the National Gallery this autumn. The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Frans Hals is the first large-scale monographic exhibition devoted to the 17th-century Dutch portrait painter for a generation.

The exhibition, which is organised with the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, and the Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, contains some fifty of the artist’s greatest works from museums and private collections around the world. As well as key loans from the Rijksmuseum, and other Dutch collections including the Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, highlights in the exhibition include ‘Isaac Abrahamsz. Massa’, 1626 (Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto);’ Portrait of Pieter Dircksz. Tjarck’, about 1635 (Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California); ‘The Rommel-Pot Player’, about 1620 (Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas); ‘Portrait of Tieleman Roosterman’, 1634 (The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio).

The exhibition will also include one of the world’s best-known pictures, Frans Hals’s ‘The Laughing Cavalier’, which will come to Trafalgar Square from its home in the Wallace Collection, Manchester Square, where it has been on display since the 1870s. The painting, dating from 1624, will be on loan following the Wallace Collection’s landmark decision in 2019 to lend works from its collection on a temporary basis for the first time in its 120-year history.

The exhibition is organised by the National Gallery, the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, and the Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, with the special collaboration of the Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem.

The National Gallery, London: 30 September 2023 – 21 January 2024
The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: 16 February 2024 – 09 June 2024
Gemäldegalerie, Berlin: 12 July 2024 – 3 November 2024

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Image: Detail from Frans Hals, ‘Young Man holding a Skull (Vanitas)’, 1626-8