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A Militiaman Holding a Berkemeyer, Known as the 'Merry Drinker'

Frans Halsc. 1628 - c. 1630

Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum

This cheery young man is raising his glass as if to propose a toast. Although the fashion was then for intricate, detailed paintings, Hals applied his paints with quick, confident strokes. This style of painting gives the subject a real sense of movement. This is most obvious with the right hand.

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