The portrait

For a woman living in the seventeenth century, Judith Leyster was remarkable. She was a successful artist, one of the few women who joined the painters' guild in her city of Haarlem in the Netherlands.

Born in 1609 in Haarlem, Leyster may have worked in the workshop of the famous Dutch portraitist Frans Hals . The relaxed pose and gesture she used in her Self-Portrait is very similar to one Hals had used for a male portrait just a few years before.
Leyster liked to paint energetic scenes with one or two figures—sometimes children—engaged in merrymaking: music, dance, and games. She worked for several years around Utrecht and Amsterdam, before returning to Haarlem where she entered the painters' guild in 1633.
She also had her own studio and taught several students. In 1636 Leyster married painter Jan Miense Molenaer; the couple had five children. Scholars believe that Leyster made few paintings after her marriage, though she may have collaborated with her husband.
Judith Leyster died in 1660. By the end of the 1800s her work was virtually unknown, often attributed to other artists. Now rediscovered, Leyster's reputation is secure as a highly skilled, successful female in a field dominated by men.

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Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh dearest,
What a lovely tribute to a great artist! She was a genius as in my opinion, were so many of the Dutch masters. I have to say that the Dutch artists are my favorite, then the French artists. The Dutch touch is so realistic, yet idealistic in some ways....I have a Vermeer (spelling?) in my kitchen that I just love. Be well my friend, Anita

Anna said...

heel erg interessant!
ik kende haar helemaal niet eens, zo zie je maar...nooit te oud om iets te leren! LOL

GrandmaK said...

It is certain that when I visit here i will learn something I did not know and am glad I learned. You have a gift for that. Thank you! Cathy

Barb said...

So enjoyed reading your post, truly a lady before her time.
Wishing you an enjoyable day. :)

Charm and Grace said...

Oh, thanks so much for sharing this. I love finding out things about the artists I admire. Beautiful.