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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. ...

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