Arts Everyday Living: Celebrating Women’s History–Judith Leyster, Self-Portrait, Dutch Artist




March is Women’s History Month and we will be featuring women artists through the centuries. A number of them are “famous,” but others have been overlooked and still being discovered. So enjoy our special online exhibition with fast facts highlights accompanying each image. Generally, the works of art will be presented chronologically.


Judith Leyster, Self Portrait, c. 1630, oil on canvas, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Self-Portrait, National Gallery of Art, c. 1630

Artist: Judith Leyster, Dutch, (1609-1660)

An Artistic Success Story


Fast Facts: Born 1609 in Haarlem, Netherlands; art instruction unknown although possibly influence of Haarlem master Frans Hals–in fact, painting above was at one time mistaken for a Hals; moved with family from Haarlem to Utrecht and other locations, but returned to Haarlem; probably recognized as early as her teen years for skill as artist; by 1633, member of St. Luke’s Guild (for painters) in Haarlem; known and esteemed for genre and still life works; weds fellow painter Jan Miense Molenaer (1609/1610-1665) in 1636, lived together both in Amsterdam and Haarlem; seems to have focused more on children and  spouse after marriage rather than profession; dies in 1660, one of important artists of the Golden Age in Dutch Art.


Sources include: Making Her Mark: A History of Women Artists in Europe, 1400-1800, websites of National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.




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