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The term "genre" comes from the French that means "kind" or "variety". When used in art, it most often describes a fairly small painting that has as its subject everyday events, people, or their surroundings.

The most important fact about a true "genre" painting is that it shows everyday life as it is, without using fantasy or mythology . Fourteenth and fifteenth century Italian and Flemish painters were fond of the method. Though present in Italy earlier in such artists' work as Carpaccio and Caravaggio, Crespi and Ceruti, it did not become common practice until the eighteenth century.

At that time such artists as Longhi started devoting their entire careers to it. Dutch artists such as Ostade, Steen, Metsu, Ter Borch, Vermeer and de Hooch all did many paintings in this style during the seventeenth century in Holland. Subjects portrayed included people drinking at taverns, dining at tables and other local scenes and figures.

English "genre" painters included Hogarth, Gainsborough and Morland. The pre-Raphaelites also took scenes from common life, along with their historical paintings, making the dividing line between historical art and genre paintings a little difficult to decipher. Some Impressionists also used the form, as did Manet, Renoir and Degas. Even current artists such as Sickert, the Camden Town Group, the Euston Road painters and the new Realists still do "genre" painting.

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