The Smoker

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

Date: ca. 1623–25

Medium: Oil on wood

Dimensions: Octagonal, 18 3/8 x 19 1/2 in. (46.7 x 49.5 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1889

Accession Number: 89.15.34


The loose brushwork on this octagonal panel—its original shape—captures the bustle of a tavern interior as caught in a corner of the viewer's eye. Although the painting's attribution to Hals has been questioned occasionally, the execution is entirely typical of his less ambitious genre pictures dating from the 1620s.