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A group of cheerful young people crowd around a small table in an elegant room. The fashionable clothing they wear, some of which is very colourful, differs from the sombre black costumes we can see in many Dutch portraits of the time.
Dirck was the younger brother of the painter Frans Hals, who influenced him with his painterly and colourful technique. In fact, Dirck adapted the quick and lively brushwork championed by his brother to the small-scale genre pictures he exclusively painted.
Oil on oak
H 28 x W 38.8 cm