Judith Leyster

1609 - 1660

Judith Jansdr. Leyster was born in Haarlem. At the outset of her career she was influenced by the Utrecht followers of Caravaggio. In about 1629 she was probably a pupil of Frans Hals. By 1633 Leyster was a member of the Haarlem guild. In 1636 she married thepainter Jan Molenaer (who was also probably a pupil of Frans Hals).

She worked in Amsterdam, Heemstede (where she died) and Haarlem. She was chiefly a genre painter.