For Sale is a Full Page Print taken from "The Sphere, November 15th, 1902," showing "The Laughing Cavalier." By Franz Hals. (In the Wallace Collection).
Hals was a Belgian by birth (He was born at Antwerp in 1580), but he is usually claimed as a member of the Dutch school inasmuch as his father settled at Haarlem where Franz died in 1666. "No one either before or after him," says a critic, "ever attained the marvellous exactness with which he places flesh tints in juxtaposition without them mixing together just as they come from the palette." Comparing him with Rembrandt another critic says that both men were painters of touch, but of touch in different keys. Rembrandt was the bass, Hals the treble. There are two fine specimens of his work in our National Gallery.