Hals, Laughing Cavalier
Convey a sense of exuberance and immediacy which is enhanced by the sitters pose, character, and proximity to the picture plane. The cavalier is set at an oblique angle. His left arm forms two diagonals simultaneously leading in and out of the picture space which are repeated in the torso and the tilted hat. His curve of his mustashe and his direct gaze create the impression of a smile.