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|Copy of a self-portrait by Frans Hals.|
|Born|| c. 1580|
|Died|| 26 August 1666 (aged 85–86)|
|Nationality||Flemish - Dutch|
|Works|| Gipsy Girl, 1628-30|
Frans Hals the Elder (c. 1582 – 26 August 1666) was a Dutch painter. He is notable for his loose brushwork. He helped introduce this lively style of painting into Dutch art. Hals was also instrumental in the evolution of 17th century group portrait painting.