Judith Leyster

Judith Leyster

Judith Leyster (1609—1660) was a genre painter and portraitist of the Dutch Golden Age, long unrecognized as an accomplished artist.

Judith Leyster Summary

  • Full name is Judith Jans Leyster
  • Born in Haarlem; died in Heemstede, in the northern Netherlands
  • Due to their proximity, her work was sometimes confused with that of Frans Hals or Jan Miense Molenaer, her husband
  • Her relationship with Frans Hals was significant, but today mysterious
  • May have been the first or the second woman admitted to the Haarlem Guild of St. Luke
  • Her specialty in genre scenes appears to give a feminine perspective on familiar themes
  • In 2021 inducted into the Gallery of Honour at the Rijksmuseum as its third woman

Judith Leyster Famous Paintings

  • Serenade (1629)
  • Jolly Toper (1629)
  • Merry Trio (1629)
  • Self-Portrait (c. 1630)
  • The Proposition (1631)
  • Unequal Love (1631)
  • A Youth with a Jug (1633)
  • The Lute Player (1635)
  • Still Life with Apples and Grapes in a Wicker Basket on a Table (c. 1640)
  • Flowers in a Vase (1654)

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