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Merry Company

Judith Leyster Dutch

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 637

One of the first Dutch women to be recognized by a painters’ guild as a master in her own right, Leyster painted this lively scene when she was only twenty years old. Evoking an atmosphere of music and laughter, it depicts three revelers in an interior, while more crowd in at the window on the left. The figure in red appears to raise his glass to the viewer, proposing a toast or inviting us to join the merriment.

Merry Company, Judith Leyster (Dutch, Haarlem 1609–1660 Heemstede), Oil on canvas

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