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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.


Otto Eerelman | A peasant's parade in Oudeland, Zuid-Beveland, oil on canvas, 60.4 x 90.6 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1923

Otto Eerelman

painting • for sale

A peasant's parade in Oudeland, Zuid-Beveland, 1923

Albert Termote | The good Samaritan, bronze, 23.0 x 24.0 cm, signed on the base with monogram

Albert Termote

statue • sculptuur • for sale

The good Samaritan

Anton Mauve | Digging potatoes, oil on panel, 32.0 x 24.4 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Mauve

painting • for sale

Digging potatoes

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

Jan Wiegers | Variety show, etching, 26.0 x 21.8 cm, signed l.r. (in pencil) and dated '24 (in pencil)

Jan Wiegers

prints & multiples • for sale

Variety show

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

Gaston Hoffmann | The final argument, oil on canvas, 38.1 x 46.0 cm, signed l.r.

Gaston Hoffmann

painting • for sale

The final argument

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

Kees Maks | Triple tandem, watercolour and gouache on paper, 59.4 x 89.4 cm, signed l.r.

Kees Maks

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Triple tandem

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

Rien Goené | Café in Paris, oil on canvas, 45.3 x 40.2 cm, signed l.r. with initials and painted in 1957

Rien Goené

painting • for sale

Café in Paris

Cornelis van Cuylenburgh (II) | Village scene, after the slaughter of the pig, oil on panel, 49.7 x 64.0 cm, signed c.l. and dated 1797

Cornelis van Cuylenburgh (II)

painting • for sale

Village scene, after the slaughter of the pig, 1797

Herman Berserik | Gesprek aan de Waal (Conversation by the river Waal), acrylic on panel, 29.5 x 37.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated '93

Herman Berserik

painting • for sale

Gesprek aan de Waal (Conversation by the river Waal), 1993

Lawson Wood | The double appointment, watercolour on paper, 36.8 x 53.3 cm, signed l.l. and dated '10

Lawson Wood

watercolour • drawing • for sale

The double appointment, 1910

A. Romilly Fedden | Party night, watercolour on paper, 52.5 x 64.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1923

A. Romilly Fedden

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Party night, 1923

Henry Bouvet | The Tea, oil on canvas, 46.3 x 55.3 cm, signed l.r.

Henry Bouvet

painting • for sale

The Tea

Clyde Kelley | The Café, oil on board, 55.4 x 67.2 cm, signed l.l.

Clyde Kelley

painting • for sale

The Café

Elie Pavil | Diner dansant, oil on panel, 23.3 x 33.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1910

Elie Pavil

painting • for sale

Diner dansant, 1910

Elie Pavil | Au café, oil on canvas, 38.3 x 55.4 cm, signed l.l.

Elie Pavil

painting • for sale

Au café

Antoine de La Boulaye | After the race, oil on canvas, 100.0 x 80.0 cm, signed l.r.

Antoine de La Boulaye

painting • for sale

After the race

Jan Ludovicus Moerman | Coxed four regatta, oil on panel, 24.5 x 33.1 cm, signed l.r. and dated '88

Jan Ludovicus Moerman

painting • for sale

Coxed four regatta, 1888

Anne Jan Pelsma | Street party, crayon and watercolour on paper, 29.5 x 23.5 cm, signed l.r.

Anne Jan Pelsma

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Street party

J. Leonard | Fox hunt, oil on panel, 24.1 x 32.6 cm, signed l.r.

J. Leonard

painting • for sale

Fox hunt