Louis de Deyster

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Louis de Deyster (1656 – 18 December 1711), also known as Lodewyk Deyster, was a Flemish artist and maker of musical instruments. His baroque paintings show a clear influence of Italian masters like Giordano, Maratta, Barocci and southern Dutch painters like Rubens, Van Dyck and Boekhorst. His daughter, Anna 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 artist of that city. He spent the years from 1682 to 1688 in Italy, and when he returned to his native Bruges he brought with him a flamboyant Roman Baroque style. He was of a deeply religious temper and his character was reflected in his choice of subjects.

He painted many pictures for the churches of his native city. His prints, all religious subjects, share with his paintings high drama and energy, with protagonists arranged in complex poses. Just as de Deyster applied his paint with freedom 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 on the Martydom of St Sebastian.


  • This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainWood, James, ed. (1907). "article name needed". The Nuttall Encyclopædia. London and New York: Frederick Warne. 
  • Dictionary of Painters and Engravers, Biographical and Critical By Michael Bryan, pp. 209–210

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