Genre Painting Gallery
Painting of scenes or events from everyday life, of ordinary places, people (with no specific identity attached) and their activities, dresses, a variety of objects, depicted in a generally realistic or romanticized manner or in a not idealized subject matter. Genre painting themes have appeared in nearly all art traditions. Flemish Baroque painting and Dutch Golden Age painting dominated the field until the 18th century.
Genre Painting were admired for the skills artists employed and were occasionally humorous... genre was introduced and perfected by the Dutch Baroque painters of the 17th century... In the mid-19th century, in the United States, "genre became its own separate entity (for a time), through the works of painters such as Winslow Homer, George Caleb Bingham and Eastman Johnson.  
The Feast of the Gods by Giovanni Bellini, ca. 1514.
The Cardsharps by Caravaggio, ca. 1594-1595.
The milkmaid by Jan Vermeer, 1658-1660.
The Jewish Bride by Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, 1667.
The Lacemaker by Jan Vermeer, 1669-1670.
La Gamme d'Amour by Jean-Antoine Watteau, ca. 1712.
The Balcony by Edouard Manet, 1868.
Mein Nest ist das Best by Adrian Ludwig Richter, 1869.
The Woodcutter by Camille Pissarro, 1879.
The Potato-Eaters by Vincent van Gogh, 1885.
Barge Haulers on the Volga by Ilya Repin, 1870-1873.
Easter Procession in the Region of Kursk by Ilya Repin, 1880-1883.
Acrobat and young Harlequin by Pablo Picasso, 1905.
Winslow Homer, Perils of the Sea, 1881.