The Canadian annotation of 17th Century Dutch genre painting: Cornelius Krieghoff
The term "genre painting" is used to describe scenes in which people go about their everyday life. They may be set in and around the home, outside, or in a tavern. There is a great range and variety in genre paintings, but all are characterized by unsentimental depictions of common occurrences.
The most celebrate national school was of the Netherlands in the Seventeenth century. Domestic and family life, street scenes, festivals, picnics and tavern scenes were explored fully by the great and little masters.
Some notable 17th century Dutch masters:
Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Jan Vermeer.
Some notable 17th century little masters:
Gerard Ter Borch, Jan Stten, Nicolaus Maes, Adriaen van Ostade.
Many 17th century Dutch artists can be classified into two offshoots of genre painting:
The School of Utrecht: (Bloemaert, Moreelse, Honthorst, Terbugghan, Baburen, Bijlert)
These artists "drew inspiration from early Dutch "mannerist" school, and depicted literary/genre scenes in terms of a figural ideal more abundant, colorful and romantic."*
Delft School: (Lastman, Moeyaert, Pynas, Braner)
These artists produced "small pictures in which an emotional content was realized by some virtue of dramatic gesticulation or physiognomic agility, and an air of remoteness achieved by fanciful or exotic costumes."*
*Held, Julius S. "Reflections on Seventeenth Century Dutch Paintings", Parnassus, Vol.11 No 2, (feb., 1939), p17