Painting of scenes from everyday life, of ordinary people at work or play, depicted in a realistic manner. In the 18th century, the term was used derogatorily to describe painters specializing in one type of picture, such as flowers, animals, or middle-class life. By the mid-19th century it was being used more approvingly, and it is still popularly used to describe works by 17th-century Dutch and Flemish painters such as Jan Steen, Gerard Terborch, Adriaen van Ostade, and Johannes Vermeer, and later masters such as J.-B.-S. Chardin in France, Pietro Longhi in Italy, and George Caleb Bingham in the U.S.
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Haarlem genre painting: Dennis P. Weller visits an exhibition focussing on the artistry of Frans Hals and his contemporaries.
Mar 01, 2004; In many respects, 'Satire and Jest: Genre Painting during the Age of Frans Hals' falls short of the expectations one associates...