Judith Leyster a 17th Century
painter of genre works, portraits
and still life's who had
recognition in this male dominated
field by the age of 19.
Leyster, a Dutch painter had work
that was often found to be attributed
to the more famous painter Frans Hals.
It's likely that she studied under
him after an apprenticeship with
Frans Pietersz Grebber.
About 1633 Judith Leyster became a
member, possibly the first woman
member, of the Haarlem Guild of
St. Luke which provided her
the opportunity to work as
an independent artist and
teacher. One of her keynotes
was the monogram type signature
she used "JL" with a shooting star
to sign her paintings. The star
referring to the translation of
her name "Leister" = "Lead Star".
"Blompotje van Juffr. Molenaer" 1654
It's thought that she stopped
painting after her marriage however
upon discovery of the "Blompotje
van Juffr. Molenaer" (She signed using
her married name) it became more
clear that she continued with her
practice. Additionally, she
created some illustrations
for a book used by tulip dealers
to help them sell their bulbs.
I like the tradition of her paintings.
They are classics within the genre of
the time and masterfully painted with
all the elements one would expect in
a still life. It's fortunate that art
historians have uncovered the paintings
that were attributed incorrectly to other