I just recently finished Dominic smiths book, “The last Painting of Sara de Vos.” Plunging you between 1950’s America, 21st century Australia and the 17th century Netherlands, the overlapping treasure was the Dutch art of the golden age that connected the characters and times. A book review is coming, fear not but for now my mind is still swirling around the art of the Dutch Golden Age.
The legendary Dutch Guild of St. Luke’s had a limited number of women admitted to its ranks. While Sara de Vos did not exist her character was said to be by the author a sort of collage of many of these female painters of the time. My interest delved into focusing on these women painters of the time. While many of their works have not survived like in the case of Sarah van Baalbergen ,a few have but even they faced issues such as misattributions.
This blog post series will focus on these artists of the Dutch golden Age, predominantly on the female artists.This blog post concerns the Dutch artist Judith Leyster – born in Harleem she was the second female artist to join the guild of St Luke, taking up apprentices within her workshop. She specialised in daily life notably scenes of merriment and jolliness. Strongly utilising light in dark play in her paintings, her style only emphasised the emotive tides of her paintings.
Judiths paintings really left an impression on me. I feel the light play is so good, entwining into the emotion and creating the ‘dramascape’ for the paintings character.(I say feel because purely going off what I get from them, no art historian here unfortunately :p)
Her paintings evoke a unique perception in me – one of long gone people, portraying joy and emotions of once living beings centuries ago…the time gone by adding another layer of emotion to her works.
Her works range in their homes these days: from private collections to art galleries throughout the world. The two works featured above are located in the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, private collection and the Rijksmuseum respectfully.
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