HALS, Frans
(b. 1580, Antwerpen, d. 1666, Haarlem)

Laughing Child

c. 1623
Oil on panel, diameter 30 cm
Mauritshuis, The Hague

This laughing boy is not a portrait, but a 'tronie' - a study of a laughing child. Laughing figures are unusual, as laughter is one of the most difficult expressions to capture.

© Web Gallery of Art, created by Emil Krén and Daniel Marx.