Episode #32: Rivals- Judith Leyster vs. Frans Hals (Season 3, Episode 1)
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Rivalries are inherently fascinating, because they typically affect not only the individual rivals themselves, but also a whole ecosystem that can grow up around a rivalry-- spurring it on, and enabling it. Some of the greatest artists in history have engaged in some seriously curious conflicts. What causes these rivalries is fascinating and vast-- is it art and creativity? Is it money and patronage? Or is it simply ego? And are the artists really in conflict with one another, or does it just appear that way, to us, or to their communities? How have rivalries impacted art?
Today, we are starting an all-new season of episodes dealing with some of the wildest and most complicated rivalries in art history, beginning with the purported feud between Northern European heavyweights Judith Leyster and Frans Hals.
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This is the first of three episodes in collaboration with Sartle. Sartle encourages you to see art history differently, and they have a plethora of incredibly fun and informative videos, blog posts, and articles on their website.
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"Gravity" by Borrtex is licensed under BY-NC 4.0; "Vivace solenne" by Dee Yan-Key is licensed under BY-NC-SA 4.0; "Alternative Facts" by David Hilowitz is licensed under BY-NC 4.0; "Lost Forest" by Julie Maxwell's Piano Music is licensed under BY-ND-4.0; "Storm Passing" by Podington Bear is licensed under BY-NC-3.0; "La tapa del viernes" by Circus Marcus is licensed under BY-NC-3.0; Ad music: "Little Lily Swing" by Tri-Tachyon is licensed under BY 4.0
Links and further resources
Female Gazes: Seventy-Five Women Artists, Elizabeth Martin and Vivian Meyer
Frans Hals Biography, The Leiden Collection website
Judith Leyster Biography, National Gallery of Art website
Dictionary of Women Artists, edited by Delia Gaze
"A Light in the Galaxy," essay by Frima Fox Hofrichter, from Singular Women: Writing the Artist, edited by Kristen Frederickson and Sarah E. Webb
Judith Leyster: A Dutch Master in Her World, edited by Pieter Welu and James A. Biesboer
Herstory: Women who Changed the World, Deborah Gore Ohrn
The New York Times: "A Career Woman's Short but Sweet Career in the 17th Century"