Genre paintings are works that depict everyday scenes of people going about their daily activities, such as peasants at country inns, mothers and children at home, and elegant companies in well-appointed interiors. These pictures frequently containerise lessons that sometimes speak for themselves but in other can be difficult to unravel.
The Mauritshuis has a collection of more than 100 Dutch and Flemish genre paintings that include well-known masterpieces by specialists such as Jan Steen, Frans van Mieris, Gerard ter Borch, Adriaen van Ostade, Gabriel Metsu, Gerrit Dou and David Teniers. In this richly illustrated collection catalogue, the curators and paintings conservators of the Mauritshuis published their up-to-date, scholarly views of all the genre paintings in the collection. Two essays provide a detailed discussion of the development of genre painting and an examination of the stunning technique underlying these enduringly appealing scenes.
Title: Genre paintings in the Mauritshuis
Author: Ariane van Suchtelen, Quentin Buvelot
Publication date: November 2016
Number of Pages: 412, 320 photos in colour and 80 black/white
Size: 28 x 23 x 4 cm
Weight: 2.13 kg
Binding method: hardcover