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Exhibitions

The genius of Frans Hals

9 October 2021

9:00 AM

9 October 2021

9:00 AM

Frans Hals: the Male Portrait

Wallace Collection, until 30 January 2022

Since art auctions were invented, they have served to hype artists’ prices. It can happen during an artist’s lifetime — Jeff Koons’s ‘Balloon Dog’ — or half a millennium after their death — Leonardo’s ‘Salvator Mundi’. And it can sometimes restore a lost reputation, as happened with Frans Hals.

When the picture now famous as ‘The Laughing Cavalier’ came up for auction in Paris in 1865, Hals was all but forgotten.

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