Judith Leyster

Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

Judith Leyster 1609-1660 was a dutch painter thought to have studied under the great Franz Hals. She had the beginnings of a great career. She had her own atelier, her own students and her own style, which was very unusual for a woman in that era. What happened next wasn’t so unusual. She married the famed (albeit inferior) painter, Jan Miense Molenaer, settled down to have children and painted less. Like an appetizer, her body of work is small, beautifully crafted and leaves you salivating for more. In celebration of her 400th birthday The National Gallery in Washington DC is having a small retrospective of the woman dutch master through Nov 29.

4 Responses to “Judith Leyster”

  1. Donna said:

    Jul 23, 09 at 1:14 pm

    Yeah, back in those days the wife gave up everything for family. Nowadays, most can’t afford to be a stay at home mother. Nice piece Larry. Maybe we should take a long-weekend trip to DC before Nov. 29th…

  2. Larry said:

    Jul 23, 09 at 1:18 pm

    It’s a date… in September, after the kids go back to college.

  3. a brush with color said:

    Jul 23, 09 at 3:16 pm

    Wow–love your portrait of her, Larry. I went to the Franz Hals museum when I visited Haarlem in the Netherlands. Beautiful place.

  4. Larry said:

    Jul 23, 09 at 4:01 pm

    Thanks Sue, I traveled to Amsterdam as a student, BTW my son is headed there tomorrow. I saw the Rembrandt’s and Van Gogh’s but didn’t get to Haarlem….lucky you.