Portrait of a Bearded Man with a Ruff

Artist: Frans Hals (Dutch, Antwerp 1582/83–1666 Haarlem)

Date: 1625

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: The Jules Bache Collection, 1949

Accession Number: 49.7.34


As the original inscription indicates, the sitter was thirty-six when portrayed by Hals. The portrait's immediacy is enhanced by vivid brushwork, strong modeling, and a glance and heartfelt gesture which respond to the viewer. The oval framing device was adapted from Dutch portrait engravings but is more illusionistic than in almost any print.