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Dutch Golden Age painter Frans Hals the Elder was a prolific artist. He was a master of individual and group portraits, genre works, and still-lifes. A resident of Haarlem, he was active from the late 1680s until his death in 1780. Although he was best known for his work as a landscape painter, he was also an accomplished portraitist.

Frans Hals was born in Antwerp, where he received his formal education. He began to release his own work in his mid-thirties and was soon a wealthy merchant. His early success allowed him to focus on his role as a professional artist. His style was both realistic and lyrical. While he is best known for his paintings of painters, his style varies considerably from one work to another.

He had two brothers, Dirck and Frans, who were also artists. He died in the Netherlands at age thirty-one.

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