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Virtual Happy Hour: Judith Leyster
July 28 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm UTC+0
Join the staff of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) and special guest Frima Fox Hofrichter for a virtual happy hour to celebrate Judith Leyster’s birthday. Make a specialty cocktail (or mocktail) with AJ Johnson, partner and bar director of Serenata, as we share artworks, stories and explore the museum’s collection and archives for all things Judith.
Frima Fox Hofrichter is a professor of the History of Art and Design at Pratt Institute, author of Judith Leyster, A Woman Painter in Holland’s Golden Age, numerous related articles and other women artists of the 17th century; author of Oxford University Press’s Online Bibliography on Gender and Art in the 17th Century; a co-author of Janson’s History of Art and most recently co-editor of Women, Aging and Art, A Crosscultural Anthology.
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Judith Leyster (1609–1660) produced most of her paintings between approximately 1629 and 1635; her artistic output decreased dramatically after her marriage in 1636. In addition to raising her children, Leyster may have managed the family’s business and properties; she probably also assisted with her husband’s art. By 1649, the family returned from Amsterdam to Haarlem, where Leyster spent the remainder of her life.
Her work was clearly influenced by genre paintings created by noted Haarlem artist Frans Hals, which led to attribution errors. Although well-known during her lifetime, Leyster and her work were largely forgotten after her death until 1893, when a painting acquired by the Louvre was found to have Leyster’s distinctive monogram (her initials entwined with a five-pointed star) hidden under a false signature reading “Frans Hals.” This discovery led to renewed research and appreciation of Leyster’s oeuvre, which had previously been confused with that of Hals.