List of Famous Genre Paintings

List of the most famous genre painting paintings in the world, listed alphabetically with pictures of the art when available. The popular genre painting paintings on this list are considered to be some of the most recognizable works of art on the planet, so save yourself a trip to the museum and check out this artwork from the comfort of your own home. genre painting is an extremely important genre in the art world, so it's no surprise that some of the most recognizable fall under the genre painting genre. You can find additional information about these well-known paintings by clicking on the names of the pieces.

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This list answers the questions, "What are examples of genre painting paintings?" and "What are the most famous genre painting paintings?"

  • The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp
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    The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp is a 1632 oil painting on canvas by Rembrandt housed in the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague, the Netherlands. Dr. Nicolaes Tulp is pictured explaining the musculature of the arm to medical professionals. Some of the spectators are various doctors who paid commissions to be included in the painting. The painting is signed in the top-left hand corner Rembrandt. f[ecit] 1632. This may be the first instance of Rembrandt signing a painting with his forename as opposed to the monogramme RHL, and is thus a sign of his growing artistic confidence. The event can be dated to 16 January 1632: the Amsterdam Guild of Surgeons, of which Tulp was official City ...more
    • Artist: Rembrandt
    • Genres (Art): Genre art
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Dutch Golden Age
  • The Kitchen Maid
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    The Milkmaid, sometimes called The Kitchen Maid, is an oil-on-canvas painting of a "milkmaid", in fact a domestic kitchen maid, by the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. It is now in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, which regards it as "unquestionably one of the museum's finest attractions". The exact year of the painting's completion is unknown, with estimates varying by source. The Rijksmuseum estimates it as circa 1658. According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, it was painted in about 1657 or 1658. The "Essential Vermeer" website gives a broader range of 1658–1661.
    • Artist: Johannes Vermeer
    • Genres (Art): Genre art
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Dutch Golden Age
  • A Lady Seated at a Virginal
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    Lady Seated at a Virginal, also known as Young Woman Seated at a Virginal, is a genre painting created by Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer in about 1670–72 and now in the National Gallery, London.
    • Artist: Johannes Vermeer
    • Genres (Art): Genre art
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Dutch Golden Age
  • Gentleman Writing a Letter
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    "Gentleman Writing a Letter" (1662-1665) is a painting by Dutch artist Gabriel Metsu.
    • Artist: Gabriël Metsu
    • Genres (Art): Genre art
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Dutch Golden Age
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    The Black Brunswicker

    The Black Brunswicker
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    The Black Brunswicker is a painting by John Everett Millais. It was inspired in part by the exploits of the Black Brunswickers, a German volunteer corps of the Napoleonic Wars, during the Waterloo campaign and in part by the contrasts of black broadcloth and pearl-white satin in a moment of tender conflict. The painting was originally exhibited with the plural title The Black Brunswickers, but is most commonly known by the singular form of the title.
    • Artist: John Everett Millais
    • Genres (Art): Genre art
    • Art Form: Painting
  • The Glass of Wine
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    The Wine Glass is a 1660 painting by Johannes Vermeer now in the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin. It portrays a seated woman and a standing man drinking in an interior setting. The work contains the conventions of genre painting of the Delft School developed by Pieter de Hooch in the late 1650s. It contains figures situated in a brightly lit and spacious interior, while its architectural space is highly defined. The figures are set in the middle ground, rather than positioned in the foreground.
    • Artist: Johannes Vermeer
    • Genres (Art): Genre art
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Dutch Golden Age