Artist after Frans Hals
Dutch, ca. between 1582 and 1583-1666
Title
  • Laughing Boy
Date 17th Century
Medium Oil on oak panel
Dimensions Unframed: 13 1/4 × 12 1/4 inches (33.7 × 31.1 cm)
Framed: 31 3/4 × 20 3/4 × 4 3/8 inches (80.6 × 52.7 × 11.1 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Fisher
Accession Number 48.383
Department European Painting
Not On View
Paris, Collection Edouard Warneck;
Paris, auction E. Warneck (Georges Petit) 27-28 May, 1926, lot 47, repr. (sold for F frs.400,000);
New York, Howard Young Galleries (dealer, 1928);
Detroit, Collection Mr. & Mrs. William A. Fisher, by whom given to the DIA in 1948.
Bode, W. von, Studien zur Geschichte der holländischen Malerei, Braunschweig, 1883, p. 85, no. 78 (as unfinished).

Amsterdam, Frederik Muller & Co.,"Catalogus de l'Exposition de Maitres hollandais du XVIIe siècle en l'Honneur du Tercentenaire de Rembrandt", 1906, p. 20, cat. 58, repr. (lent by M. E. Warneck, Paris).

Moes, E. W. Frans Hals sa Vie et son Oeuvre, The Hague, 1905, no. 246.

Hofstede de Groot, C., Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the most Eminent Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century, vol. 3, London, 1910, no 20.

Bode W., and Binder, M. J., Frans Hals sein Leben und seine Werke, Berlin, 1914, no. 33, pl. 14a.

Valentiner, W. R., Frans Hals des Meisters Gemälde, (KdK), Stuttgart and Berlin, 1921, p. 32 (2nd edition, Berlin & Leipzig, 1923, p. 33).

Art News, vol. 25, May, 1927, p. 50, pl. 5.

Frankfurter, A. M. "Paintings by Frans Hals in the United States", The Antiquarian, vol. 8, no.2, 1929, p. 86.

Richardson, E. P., "Frans Hals' Laughing Boy", DIA Bulletin, vol. 29, no. 1, 1949-1950, pp. 12-14, repr. p. 13.

Detroit, DIA, "Masterpieces of Painting from Detroit Private Collections", 1949, no. 15, (as gift of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Fisher.)

Slive, S., Frans Hals, 3 vols., London, Phaidon, 1970-1974; vol. 3, p. 128, cat. D I.I (as copy after a lost painting by Frans Hals).

Keyes, George S. et al. Masters of Dutch Painting: The Detroit Institute of Arts. London, 2004, pp. 92–93, no. 35 (ill.).