Two canvases - "Portrait of a gentleman at the age of 37 years old" and "Portrait of a lady at the age of 36 years old" - went under the hammer for 10 million pounds sterling (12.7 million US dollars) during the sale of the collection of Eric Albada-Gelgersma.
- Frans Hals, "Portrait of a Man at the Age of 37" (1637). Private collection
- Frans Hals, "Portrait of a Lady at the Age of 36" (1637). Private collection
Indeed, in the 1630s, the shade of silver in his earlier portraits changed to a more golden color, the painting accents became more restrained, and the forms became simpler, which filled the paintings with a more significant sense of unity.
Portraits of an unknown married couple by Frans Hals in the house of collector Eric Albada-Gelzhermsma
The clothes of Hals' sitters in the 1630s also demonstrate some restraint, which was not so obvious before. The ostentatious displays of wealth have disappeared - richly embroidered black clothes and corsages, round lace cuffs, ruffles, hats and multi-colored petticoats that can be seen in images, for example, Jacob Olikan, a rich brewer from Harlem, and his wife Aletta Hanemans. The apparent simplicity of the clothes of unknown men and women in the current portraits suggests that they were Mennonites, that is, members of a religious sect, which included approximately 14% of the population of Harlem at that time.
- Frans Hals, "Portrait of Jacob Peters Olikan" (1625). Mauritshuis, The Hague
- Frans Hals, "Portrait of Aletta Hanemans" (1625). Mauritshuis, The Hague
Frans Hals, Portrait of Willem Heithessen (1634). Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Brussels
The previous record for works by Frans Hals, set at public auction, lasted 10 years. He belonged to a small portrait of a swaggering textile merchant Willem van Heythesen. At first, the panel was considered a work of a follower of Hals, but then they recognized it as the work of the master himself. In 2008, the picture was sold at Sotheby's for 7.1 million pounds (14 million dollars). This is slightly less than the amount paid in a closed transaction for a much larger picture of the artist.
According to the materials of the official website of the auction house Christie's