During the second half of the century, as Brussels began to occupy centre stage alongside Antwerp, history painting as a form of official artistic expression also began to gain in importance. The middle-classes, however, retained their preference for portraits, still-lifes, landscapes and scenes from everyday life. Jan Jozef Horemans II was widely admired for charming scenes such as the Tea Time. Taking his cue from 17th century genre works, Horemans depicted pleasant scenes with a refined colour scheme. His works do not, however, show any sign of profundity or criticism. His father, Jan Jozef Horemans I (1682-1759) was also a genre painter.