“Gerrit Six in Rembrandt’s Studio” Oil on wood panel. 29 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches
Baron Jan August Hendrik Leys (Belgian, 1815-1869) was a Belgian painter and printmaker. He was a leading representative of the historical or Romantic school in Belgian art and became a pioneer of the Realist movement in Belgium. His history and genre paintings and portraits earned him a European-wide reputation and his style was influential on artists in and outside Belgium.