American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Leyster, Judith 1609-1660. Dutch painter known for her portraits and genre paintings. Much of Leyster's work has been mistaken until recently as that of her contemporary, Frans Hals.
“But look again and you'll see that Leyster's kids are clearly teasing the creature, which in turn wants to devour the eel.”
“Someday I would like to study the life and work of Judith Leyster, a Dutch painter and contemporary of Artemisia, with an eye to finding a story there.”
“The Hals Museum contains an excellent collection of works by other Haarlem painters of the Golden Age, including genre scenes by Jan Steen and Adriaen van Ostade, landscapes by Jacob Ruisdael, cityscapes of Haarlem by Gerrit and Job Berckheyde, portraits by Johannes Verspronck and Judith Leyster, and still lifes by Willem Heda and Pieter Claesz.”
“Molenaer shows himself playing a lute and Leyster, a cittern.”
“Happily, the Leyster show is a straightforward presentation of key pictures by an accomplished artist — acclaimed in her lifetime, forgotten after her death and rediscovered — whose work still rewards attention.”
“We are encouraged to judge Leyster on the strength of her exhibited paintings — not quite a third of her known surviving works — which are shown in the helpful context of selected works by Frans Hals, with whom she almost certainly studied; her husband, Jan Miense Molenaer, with whom she is thought to have collaborated; and several of their contemporaries.”
“The link with Hals is emphasized by the similarities, especially of paint handling and scale, between a group of small heads embodying the senses by the older painter and a profile of a chubby-cheeked boy by Leyster, recently acquired by the National Gallery.”
“A group of friends — we recognize Leyster herself — plays an informal concert; a “merry company” drinks, laughs and listens to a fiddler; in both pictures, a snappy cinnabar-red costume appears.”
“They may be pleased to know that the Leyster paintings from the Worcester show may be seen till April 3, 1994 at The National Museum for Women in the Arts, in Washington, D.C. Harry G. Parke”
“Here’s a look at “Judith Leyster, 1609 – 1660,” on view through Nov. 29.”
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