Sara Andriesdr is depicted on this canvas. (lit. daughter of Andries) Hessix, wife of Michiel Jansz. van Middelhoven, a pastor from the city of Voorschoten, near Leiden, who also sat for Frans Hals for a painting whose current location is unknown. Both works were part of a pair and are thought to have been produced to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his wedding in 1586.
This composition came to be used as a formula for similar portraits executed later on, as it was the painter's first representation of a natural-sized female figure in sitting position. The work relates to a phase in which Frans Hals' style still reveals a rigorous attention to the drawing, something the painter later abandoned when he adopted a more spontaneous brush style. The composition is redolent of the finest Dutch genre painting and suggests the austerity that characterises the bourgeois portraits of that period.


  • Title: Portrait of Sara Andriesdr. Hessix
  • Creator: Frans Hals
  • Date Created: c. 1626
  • Location Created: Holland
  • Physical Dimensions: 87 x 70 cm
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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