Genre Painting is a type of picture that purports to show a reassuring glimpse of everyday life. Usually small-scale and intimate. Invented in 17th-century Holland much in vogue in other prosperous bourgeois circles, such as 18th-century France, Biedermeier Germany and 19th-century Britain. The French artist James Tissot was deservedly successful in the 1870s Victorian London.
Notable artists in this genre include: Chardin, Greuze, Hooch, Maes, Terborch, Tissot, Vermeer and Wilkie.
Cumming, Robert (2001). Art: A Field Guide (p.395). New York: Alfred A. Knopf