A Boy and a Girl with a Cat and an Eel: Judith Leyster

Judith Leyster: A Boy and a Girl with a Cat and an Eel

A Boy and a Girl with a Cat and an Eel is a jovial genre picture by Dutch Golden Age painter Judith Leyster where the Dutch proverb not to ‘hold an eel by the tail’ seems to apply. However, the young girl wagging her finger holds the cat by the tail agitating it. The picture seems to highlight the need for the moral education of children.

Judith Leyster’s A Boy and a Girl with a Cat and an Eel is in the National Gallery in London.

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