(genre 1 syl.). A painter of domestic, rural, or village
scenes, such as A Village Wedding, The Young Recruit, Blind Man's
Buff, The Village Politician, etc. It is a French term, and means,
“Man: his customs, habits, and ways of life.” Wilkie, Ostade, Gerard
Dow, etc., belonged to this class. In the drama, Victor Hugo
introduced the genre system in lieu of the stilted, unnatural style of
Louis XIV.'s era.
“We call those `genre' canvases, whereon are painted idyls of the
fireside, the roadside, and the farm; pictures of real life.” —E.
C. Stedman: Poets of America, chap. iv. p. 98.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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