Works of Dutch master Frans Hals now on display at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

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In nan early 17th century, laughter was almost ne'er captured connected a painter's canvas.

Frans Hals changed that.

"He was not a sober painter," said Friso Lammertse, co-curator of a awesome accumulation of nan Dutch master's paintings that opens this week at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum.

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"The people, they often laugh, and that’s very singular successful nan 17th period — that they grin aliases moreover laugh, which was hardly done," he added Tuesday astatine a preview of nan exhibition.

The show that debuted astatine nan National Gallery successful London past twelvemonth now moves to nan Dutch capital.

Despite Hals’ reported fondness for a drink, he was successful afloat power of his creator process.

"It’s going excessively acold if you opportunity his style is because he drank truthful much. It’s really an consciousness of what is going connected successful coating successful Europe astatine this moment," Lammertse said.

Instead, Hals was apt nether nan power of Flemish masters Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony Van Dyk.

"He does this loose brushstroke, ... because it belongs to nan avant-garde of European art astatine this moment. But it is besides functional. It ... suggests a benignant of movement. And he goes further than each nan others successful aspiring to show that movement," he said.

The fluid brushstrokes made Hals a awesome power of later artists for illustration Vincent van Gogh and impressionists for illustration Édouard Manet.

Hals' astir celebrated work, "The Laughing Cavalier," underscores nan joke successful his work. The cavalier, pinch his smile, upturned moustache and chapeau astatine a jaunty angle, has traveled crossed nan English Channel from nan Wallace Collection successful London. It's nan painting's first overseas travel since 1870 and is 1 of 48 useful by Hals gathered astatine nan Rijksmuseum for nan show.

The Hals accumulation follows caller blockbuster shows astatine nan Amsterdam depository showcasing nan 2 different awesome names of 17th period Dutch creation — Rembrandt van Rijn and Johannes Vermeer.

"They each activity successful nan aforesaid medium: lipid overgarment connected canvas, but they do thing wholly different pinch it," said Rijksmuseum General Director Taco Dibbits.

"With Rembrandt, it’s emotion and nan quality condition. With Vermeer, it’s stillness. And pinch Frans Hals, it’s activity and it’s joy. Nearly everybody laughs astatine Frans Hals' pictures. And erstwhile you locomotion done nan exhibition, you commencement laughing yourself because it’s of a state pinch nan brushwood strokes. Really nan brushwood strokes creation complete nan canvas."

The accumulation opens Feb. 16 astatine nan Rijksmuseum and runs done June 9. From July 12-Nov. 3, it moves to Gemäldegalerie successful Berlin.