Art Terms

Genre (jahn’re):  The category used to describe a painting’s dominant subject.

Genre painting:  The depiction of the daily activities of ordinary people.

Narrative:  A genre of painting in which a story is depicted or implied.  Two types of narrative paintings are Genre and Historical.

Movement:  A principle of design in which the arrangement of lines, shapes, forms, and textures create motion in order to move the eye over the work.

Representational art:  Art that depicts the natural world in a recognizable manner.

Romanticism:  An early 19th century movement and style in which artists strove to express the “ideal” through expression of emotional, intuitive and instinctual experiences.