This is Louis de Deyster

By Gwylym Owen

Louis de Deyster (1656 – 18 December 1711), also known as Lodewyk Deyster, was a Flemish artiste and maker of musical instruments. His baroque paintings behave a clear influence of Italian masters similar to Giordano, Maratta, Barocci and southern Dutch painters bearing in mind Rubens, Van Dyck and Boekhorst. His daughter, Anne de Deyster, born in 1696, also became a painter and maker of musical instruments.

Deyster was born in 1656 in Bruges. He was a scholar of Jan Maes, a respectable performer of that city. From 1682–1688, he lived and worked in Italy, and when he returned to his native Bruges, he brought in the song of him a flamboyant Roman Baroque style. He was of a severely religious temper and his vibes was reflected in his complementary of subjects.

He painted many pictures for the churches of his indigenous city. His prints, all religious subjects, share afterward his paintings high drama and energy, with protagonists contracted in complex poses. Just as de Deyster applied his paint with release and spontaneity, so did he etch the plate. In the Church of St James at Bruges, there are three fine paintings by Deyster representing the Crucifixion, the Resurrection, and the death of the Virgin. In the Church of St Anne, also in Bruges, there is a work upon the Martydom of St Sebastian.

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