Dutch experts found out one more Hals’s original

F. Hals (attribution). Portrait of a Woman in White Collar. 17thC. Oil on wood. Private collection

In the end of September there was the information that employees of Haarlem Hals Museum managed to prove the authenticity of five unknown France Hals’s works. Earlier they were attributed to his pupils. On October 1, this list was replenished. The museum press-service announced that they found out one more, the sixth Hals’s picture which was put up for the Parisian Christie’s auction.

First four pictures were kept in private collections for a long time and were almost unknown; the fifth attributed to Hals’s school was stored in the museum store rooms. Experts paid attention to some characteristic features and very high quality of these works. Sensational discovery was a result of thorough researches: all the pictures are made by great Dutch painter.

According to the curator of the museum Peter Boer the attribution of two mail’s portraits is without any doubts. As to three other pictures the experts gave 99 percent guarantee as their researches have not been finished yet.

On October 1, the museum spread the information about new discovery. The sixth unknown Hals’s work was found out in the collection of Parisian Christie’s auction. According to the press secretary of the museum Pieter Biesboer the unknown mail’s portrait attracted experts’ attention for the first time in June. However, the attribution took long term examination.

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