This quote shows that the rigorous Protestant also had a broad mind : Leyster was specialized in genre scenes with adolescent revelers who dance to the sound of the violin. They are still young enough to laugh and have fun.
Earlier in the same decade, the Caravaggisti of Utrecht had returned from Rome and celebrated the scenes of low life, often with musicians. While promoting Leyster, Ampzing also highlighted her nice characters closer to carnival and to Commedia dell'Arte.
On December 6 in London, Christie's sells an oil on canvas 75 x 63 cm painted circa 1629, lot 12 estimated £ 1.5M. The image is shared by Wikimedia.
Three boys in colorful clothes, including a violinist and a toast drinker, laugh out loud. In the corner of the window, two very young children and an adult enjoy with them. Leyster's art is spontaneous, without a preliminary drawing, as Frans Hals and Rembrandt were doing.
The young violinist is one of her favorite characters. In 1633, probably for her reception at the local guild, she painted a self-portrait with an image of this performer on her easel.
Getting then the right to open a workshop with apprentices, she appears as a rival to Hals. The traditional attribution to Hals of many works painted by Leyster has blurred the appreciation of these two artists very different from each other. The creative activity of Leyster almost completely ceases when she marries Molenaer in 1636.
SOLD for £ 1.8M including premium