AKA Judith Jansdochter Leyster
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Location of death: Heemstede, Netherlands
Cause of death: unspecified
Race or Ethnicity: White
Executive summary: Dutch baroque-era painter
Dutch baroque-era painter. Student of Frans Hals. Well known and appreciated during her lifetime. She worked briefly in Amsterdam but mostly spent her life in Haarlem. She taught art to male pupils. However, in later years her work was often attributed to Frans Hals until a Louvre discovery in 1898 suggested she was the true painter of her own artwork. Member of the Haarlem Guild of Painters. She painted genres, portraits and still-lifes, including well-known paintings of tulips. She often painted scenes of women lit by candlelight, or merry groups of musicians. Predictably, after her marriage in 1636 she produced far less paintings, busy giving birth to five children. She signed her paintings with a star, a play on her last name, which means "Lode star" in Dutch. Her surviving body of work is less than thirty paintings.
Husband: Jan Miense Molenaer (married 1636)
Is the subject of books:
Judith Leyster: A Dutch Master and Her World, 1993, BY: Peiter Biesboer
Judith Leyster: A Woman Painter in Holland's Golden Age, 1989, BY: Frima Fox Hofrichter
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