- Glossary definition: Genre (Art)
Genre (Art)
(from the French term meaning 'kind' or 'variety' )

Not to be confused with 'genres' (the categories in general).
When used in art, the term 'genre painting' most often describes a fairly small realistic painting that has as its subject everyday events, people, or their surroundings. These paintings are not religious, historical, abstract or mythological, nor are they portraits.

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