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Paintings are made for people. To enjoy, to dream away or to make you think. And it is precisely genre paintings that often evoke something explicit, because they depict daily life, with people in the lead role. The word "relationships" perhaps best describes genre paintings. Figures that relate to something or each other. People who communicate, play, caress, stroll. Genre paintings are perhaps the coziest paintings in our collection.

Genre pieces, a name that was not coined for 'everyday' performances until the 19th century, come in all kinds of variants. In our collection under "Genre" you can find farm and fisherman scenes, cafes and terraces, zoos, parties, candlelight scenes, fashion paintings and sports and theater performances. Humorous depictions of courtship or rejected worshipers are also included in the subject "Genre". In the broad sense of the word, genre pieces are actually timeless. The early Egyptians were already masters in depicting, for example, Pharaoh Akhenaten, surrounded by his court or wife Nefertiti and children. In prehistoric caves paintings have been found of groups of hunters chasing prey with spears. Later too, when Western art is mainly dominated by the Christian faith, all kinds of "cosiness" are added to scenes of the Holy Family or images from the Old Testament. In fact, it can be said that genre pieces also feature in many other subjects. In a romantic ice scene by Andreas Schelhout, skaters in a cookie-en-zopie form a genre piece in themselves, but they are subordinate to the winter landscape. Many painters in the 19th century loved to enliven their seascapes, landscapes and cityscapes with small, narrative scenes. In Impressionism and the movements after it, the boundaries of the typical genre painting become blurred. The subject becomes more subordinate to the way it is painted.

From the 16th century, the everyday life of the common man became fashionable as the subject for a painting, in addition to the existing religious, mythological, historical themes and portraiture. Painted everyday scenes are called genre pieces or genre scenes. Genre art flourished in the Netherlands during the 17th century through artists such as Frans Hals, Judith Leyster, Johannes Vermeer, Pieter de Hooch and Jan Steen. In their paintings we see living room, kitchen and pub scenes, which sometimes have a deeper educational meaning.

In the 18th and 19th centuries genre painting also became popular in France and England. The genre did not receive that name until the 19th century. Genre painting is thus already recognizable in the late 16th century, but reached a peak in the 19th century. The number of subjects is very varied, but several frequently recurring themes can be distinguished: living room and coffee scenes, kitchen scenes, markets and inns and depictions of figures from various professions. The persons depicted were usually anonymous, although there are also cases in which famous persons were portrayed in everyday activities. In the latter case, one speaks of 'genre-like' pieces.

In the 19th and 20th century, genre painting took on an extra dimension. This period is characterized, among other things, by the rise of socialism and with it the focus on the fate of the working class. A well-known example of what can be called a genre piece from this period is Vincent van Gogh's The Potato Eaters.

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Jan Toorop | Children at a village pump, black chalk and watercolour on paper, 11.3 x 15.8 cm, signed l.r. (double) and dated 1903 (double)

Jan Toorop

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Children at a village pump, 1903

Louis Abel-Truchet | Le vélodrome, oil on canvas, 55.2 x 38.6 cm, signed l.l.

Louis Abel-Truchet

painting • for sale

Le vélodrome

Otto van Rees | Adya working on red embroidery, oil on canvas, 65.2 x 54.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1910

Otto van Rees

painting • for sale

Adya working on red embroidery, 1910

Johannes Hendricus Jurres | A scene from Gil Blas, oil on panel, 28.4 x 22.0 cm, signed l.l.

Johannes Hendricus Jurres

painting • for sale

A scene from Gil Blas

Piet van der Hem | Summer crowds at the station, ink and watercolour on paper, 49.8 x 35.0 cm, signed l.r.

Piet van der Hem

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Summer crowds at the station

Jan Rijlaarsdam | At the bar, gouache on paper, 33.1 x 24.1 cm, signed l.l. (indistinct)

Jan Rijlaarsdam

watercolour • drawing • for sale

At the bar

Jan Zoetelief Tromp | Fisherman on the beach, Katwijk, pen and black ink on paper, 12.0 x 17.6 cm, signed l.r. with initials

Jan Zoetelief Tromp

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Fisherman on the beach, Katwijk

Andries Scheerboom | A chat at the vegetable stall, oil on panel, 34.6 x 26.0 cm

Andries Scheerboom

painting • for sale

A chat at the vegetable stall

Karl Feiertag | The duet, watercolour on paper, 27.8 x 17.8 cm, signed l.r.

Karl Feiertag

watercolour • drawing • for sale

The duet

Henri Fantin-Latour | La coiffeuse, oil on canvas, 27.0 x 21.2 cm, signed u.l.

Henri Fantin-Latour

painting • for sale

La coiffeuse

Jan Sluijters | The bathroom (the artist's wife with Liesje and Jan jr.), pencil and watercolour on paper, 21.7 x 19.4 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1949

Jan Sluijters

watercolour • drawing • for sale

The bathroom (the artist's wife with Liesje and Jan jr.), ca. 1949

Kurt Löb | Brothel scene, lithograph, 47.3 x 34.8 cm, signed l.r. (in pencil) and dated (in pencil) '75

Kurt Löb

prints & multiples • for sale

Brothel scene

Evert Pieters | Mother and children in a sunny farmhouse interior, oil on canvas, 78.5 x 92.4 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1915

Evert Pieters

painting • for sale

Mother and children in a sunny farmhouse interior, 1915

Johan Barthold Jongkind | The stagecoach, La Côte-Saint-André, black chalk and watercolour on paper, 10.3 x 16.7 cm, signed l.r. with the artist's stamp and dated 'La Côte St. André 10 nov 1885'

Johan Barthold Jongkind

watercolour • drawing • for sale

The stagecoach, La Côte-Saint-André, 1885-1885

Eugène Fichel | A break at the inn, oil on panel, 22.0 x 15.7 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1884

Eugène Fichel

painting • for sale

A break at the inn

Eugène Fichel | The fiddler, oil on panel, 22.0 x 15.8 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1884

Eugène Fichel

painting • for sale

The fiddler

Kurt Löb | Antwerp Annie, lithograph, 39.0 x 32.2 cm, signed l.r. (in penci) and dated '75 (in pencil)

Kurt Löb

prints & multiples • for sale

Antwerp Annie

Piet van der Hem | In the café (La Tentation de St. Antoine), crayon and watercolour on paper, 23.1 x 18.0 cm, signed l.r.

Piet van der Hem

watercolour • drawing • for sale

In the café (La Tentation de St. Antoine)

Jan Wiegers | Chess players, woodcut on Japanese paper, 61.5 x 49.8 cm, signed l.r. (in pencil) and executed ca. 1920

Jan Wiegers

prints & multiples • for sale

Chess players, ca. 1920

Jan Fabius | A girl selling matches in the snow, oil on panel, 21.7 x 18.9 cm, signed u.r.

Jan Fabius

painting • for sale

A girl selling matches in the snow

François Flameng | At the races, oil on canvas, 55.0 x 46.2 cm, signed l.r.

François Flameng

painting • for sale

At the races

Pieter Alardus Haaxman | Full of anticipation, oil on panel, 19.0 x 14.5 cm, signed l.r.

Pieter Alardus Haaxman

painting • for sale

Full of anticipation

Marcel Cosson | In the café, oil on board, 38.0 x 45.8 cm, signed l.r.

Marcel Cosson

painting • for sale

In the café

Pierre Tetar van Elven | Wedding in the Italian campagna, watercolour on paper, 17.8 x 12.7 cm, signed l.r.

Pierre Tetar van Elven

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Wedding in the Italian campagna

Alonso Pérez | The proposal, oil on panel, 27.1 x 21.2 cm, signed u.l.

Alonso Pérez

painting • for sale

The proposal

Adolf Dillens | La traversée du pont d'amour, oil on panel, 78.5 x 60.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1855

Adolf Dillens

painting • for sale

La traversée du pont d'amour, 1855

Jan Zoetelief Tromp | The painter's wife reading, with their dog Billie, oil on canvas, 41.5 x 55.5 cm, signed l.l.

Jan Zoetelief Tromp

painting • for sale

The painter's wife reading, with their dog Billie

Jan Jacob Zuidema Broos | Rural delights, oil on panel, 19.0 x 14.8 cm, signed l.l.

Jan Jacob Zuidema Broos

painting • for sale

Rural delights


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