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A BOY PLAYING A FLUTE

This is a charming painting and typical of Judith Leyster's work, full of life and realistic detail. It took my fancy because it seemed to say "Listen, can you hear the tune I'm playing, memorizing?".

by JUDITH LEYSTER  1609-1660

Leyster specialized in genre paintings in the 17th century. She came under the influence of Hals and was one of the most talented genre painters of the 17th century. She is the first recorded female artist to be admitted to the Haarlem Guild of St. Luke. She was the only contemporary painter who attempted to emulate his impressionistic technique.