Celebrity Challenge: Famous Artists

Celebrity Challenge: Famous Artists
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About This Quiz

Artists are the visual historians of society, transforming ideas and events into paintings, drawings, sculptures and more. Certain artists have wielded their craft so successfully that their work, in turn, has influenced history. Test your knowledge of some of these groundbreaking visionaries by taking the famous artists quiz.
What profession was Michelangelo supposed to pursue?
merchant
Michelangelo's decision to become an artist shocked and infuriated his father, who had hoped that his son would become a respected merchant and preserve the family's tenuous position in Florentine society.
lawyer
carpenter

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What condition did Vincent van Gogh suffer from that caused him to cut off one of his ear lobes?
Bell's palsy
bipolar disorder
epilepsy
His bouts with depression and epilepsy -- during which he famously sliced off his own ear lobe-- forced van Gogh into a psychiatric asylum in nearby Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

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Which artist's work embodies the spirit of Impressionism?
Vincent van Gogh
Claude Monet
To his own generation -- and to every generation since -- Claude Monet (1840-1926) embodied the spirit of the artistic revolution known as Impressionism.
Paul Gauguin

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What artistic method accounts for why the eyes of the "Mona Lisa" seem to follow you?
linear perspective
With linear perspective, all lines in a painting go to a common point (think about railroad tracks that vanish in the distance), creating the impression of depth and distance.
pointillism
ocular illusion

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The theft of which painting actually boosted its popularity?
"The Scream"
"Mona Lisa"
The 1911 theft of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" from the Louvre turned the moderately popular painting into the best-known piece of art in the world.
"The Starry Night"

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Which artist is famous for his Impressionist dancers?
Edouard Manet
Edgar Degas
Edgar Degas was able to impose a sense of immediacy in his work. This became particularly evident in his famous paintings of dancers, who were the subject of more than half of his collected work.
Paul Cézanne

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Following his famous Blue Period, which predominant color did Pablo Picasso transition to?
sage
lavender
rose
In 1905, Picasso transitioned from his Blue Period to the Rose Period.

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What subset of Impressionism is characterized by using dots rather than strokes to comprise a painting or drawing?
pointillism
Georges Seurat developed a method of applying pure pigment to his canvas in individual dots asserting that, when placed in close proximity, the colors would be perceived as a luminous mixture. Critics called this type of painting pointillism.
repoussoir
giornata

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Impressionist artist Walter Sickert has been posthumously accused of being what famous serial killer?
the Zodiac Killer
Jack the Ripper
The British artist, whose work contains grizzly subject matter like murdered women, has been suspected by some researchers to be Jack the Ripper.
the Frankford Slasher

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Who painted the iconic "American Gothic"?
John Brack
Georgia O'Keeffe
Grant Wood
"American Gothic," which depicts a stoic farmer coupled with a younger woman, was painted by Grant Wood in 1930.

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