Definitions for "Genre painting"
Style of painting linked with the ideals and 'sensibility' of the Victorian middle classes, in which domestic scenes with a moral, sentimental, historical or literary theme were popular.
The depiction of common, everyday life in art, as opposed to religious or portrait painting for example.
Painters considered genre painters include Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Rembrandt, and Jan Vermeer and were known for their realistic depiction of scenes from everyday life, characterized by the human interest and the minute detail of the paintings.