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Everyday scenes and work

276 Discovered works of art
The style of the painting of everyday scenes is also referred to as genre painting or moral portraits, whose origin can be found already in ancient times - on vases and frescoes from Pompeii.

Since then, typical scenes and actions from the world of work and life can be found in all periods of painting and give interesting insights into social conditions and living together in the respective time. As cultural historical testimonies of the life and everyday life of people in their typical environment, the works of art allow the viewer to immerse themselves in the worlds of bygone times and to discover this world of life in many small details.
In addition to the documentary portrayal of everyday life, however, often found in many snapshots a deeper statement hidden, which has narrative character in their respective visual language. Moral interpretations of the respective way of life can be found here as well as figurative proverbs and plays. The doctrinally moralizing style of everyday scenes testifies to the cultural characteristics of the time and provides interesting information about social norms and habits of the milieus.

Already in the 16th century, old masters created the typical peasant and family scenes in which the misdemeanors of the lower classes - such as drunkenness or quarrels - were often depicted, especially in negative examples. In later epochs, these modes of representation then gave way to scenes of upper-class citizens, revealing their deeper meaning only to the attentive and knowing observer.

We hope you enjoy browsing our collection of high quality art prints of the most exciting scenes of everyday and working life from different periods of painting.

Das Schulexamen
1862 | Oil on canvas

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Das Schulexamen
1862 | Oil on canvas

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Le Dejeuner sur l'Herbe, 1865-1866
Undated | Oil on canvas

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Le Dejeuner sur l'Herbe, 1865-1866
0 | Oil on canvas

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The Actors of the Commedia dell'...
Undated | Oil on canvas

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The Actors of the Commedia dell'...
0 | Oil on canvas

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The Sower, c.1865 (pastel und cr...
1865 | pastel and crayon on paper

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The Sower, c.1865 (pastel und cr...
1865 | pastel and crayon on paper

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Les Plaisirs du Bal, c.1716-17
Undated | Oil on canvas

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Les Plaisirs du Bal, c.1716-17
0 | Oil on canvas

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Undated | oil on canvas laid on panel

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Dinner at Les Ambassadeurs, c.1882
Undated | Oil on canvas

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Dinner at Les Ambassadeurs, c.1882
0 | Oil on canvas

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Undated | Oil on canvas

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Working on the Metro under the P...
1899 | Oil on canvas

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Working on the Metro under the P...
1899 | Oil on canvas

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Undated | Gouache on paper

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Undated | Oil on canvas

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Dejeuner sur lHerbe, Chailly
1865 | Oil on canvas

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Dejeuner sur lHerbe, Chailly
1865 | Oil on canvas

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Miss Lily's Carriage Stops the W...
1866 | Oil on canvas

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Miss Lily's Carriage Stops the W...
1866 | Oil on canvas

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Le Carreau du Temple, Paris, 1890
1890 | Oil on canvas

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Le Carreau du Temple, Paris, 1890
1890 | Oil on canvas

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