Judith Leyster, The Carousing Couple, 1630, oil on canvas, 26 3/4 x 21 1/4 inches.

Artist of the week: Judith Leyster

For more than a century, the Judith Leyster painting now at the Louvre was thought to be by Frans Hals. The misattribution wasn’t completely misguided—The Carousing Couple (1630) shows a loosely painted violinist reveling with a woman who tips her glass and smiles in his direction, precisely the jolly types that the Dutch Golden Age artist was wont to paint. But it was also exactly the kind of image produced by Hals’s peer, an artist who flourished in her lifetime and was then forgotten, even though her signature was always right there on her canvases and panels.

Henk Peeters (1928 – 2013)

Artist of the Week: Henk Peeters (1925 – 2013)

“The world is going to change radically.” Henk Peeters said so more than once, as an expression of his deep desire for a Communist society. It was not to be, but Peeters remained an idealist. Today, he is best known for his mixed-media works constructed from natural elements, tactile industrial materials, and found objects, which he made as an active member of the radical Dutch Nul group.