Judith Leyster (1609-1660, Dutch)

Judith Leyster Self-Portrait 1630 Oil on Canvas National Gallery of Art,

Judith Leyster
Self-Portrait
1630
Oil on Canvas
National Gallery of Art,
Washington, DC

Judith Leyster was the first well-known woman to paint cats. Even though Leyster was short lived, dying at just 50, she created between 20-35 major paintings before she started having children and ceased painting. Born in Haarlem, Netherlands, by just 24 years of age, she was one of the first women to be accepted into a painters’ guild, the Haarlem Guild of St. Luke, in 1633.  A main aspect of Dutch genre painting of this time and the baroque style was to provide plenty of action in the picture.  Most of her works are of children or families in active scenes where her subjects are caught dancing and merrymaking. 
Leyster signed her paintings in a very creative way. She used her initials and a shooting star to make a play on words, as Lei-star meant Lead Star in Dutch.
Even though forgotten after her death, she was rediscovered in 1893, when a painting thought to have been painted by Frans Hals was in fact discovered to have been painted by Leyster. Hals’ and Leyster’s style was in fact very similar, leading art historians to theorize that she may have been his student.

 

 

 

 

A Boy and Girl with a Cat and Eel Judith Leyster (1609-1660) National Gallery, London

A Boy and Girl with a Cat and Eel
Judith Leyster
(1609-1660)
National Gallery, London

 

 

Laughing Children with a Cat Oil on canvas Judith Leyster 1629 Private Collection

Laughing Children with a Cat
Oil on canvas
Judith Leyster
1629
Private Collection

 


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