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ART TRIVIA III

21) What offshoot of Cubism was influenced by the work of dye chemist Eugène Chevreul?


Orphism or Orphic Cubism, was an offshoot of Cubism that focused on pure abstraction and bright colors. The movement was influenced by Fauvism, the theoretical writings of Paul Signac, Charles Henry and the dye chemist Eugène Chevreul.

22) What group rebelled against the limitations of Impressionism?


The Post-Impressionists rebelled against the Impressionists' naturalistic depiction of light and color. They continued using vivid colors and real-life subject matter, but emphasized geometric forms, distorted form for expressive effect, and used unnatural or arbitrary color. The movement was led by Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, and Georges Seurat.

23) What art critic was influential in popularizing the work of Jackson Pollock?


Clement Greenberg was probably the single most influential art critic in the twentieth century. he is best remembered for his promotion of the abstract expressionist movement and was among the first published critics to praise the work of painter Jackson Pollock who he championed as the greatest painter of his generation.

24) What 19th century art critic famously compared Whistler's Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket to "flinging a pot of paint in the public's face"?


In 1877, after viewing Whistler's Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket in a contemporary art exhibition at the Grosvenor Galleries, John Ruskin wrote in the pages of Fors Clavigera, "I have seen, and heard, much of Cockney impudence before now; but never expected to hear a coxcomb ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public's face." Whistler subsequently sued the great art critic for dismissing him as a fraud.

25) What is the main visual element in Impressionist painting?


The Impressionists were interested in trying to capture the changing effects of light on the landscape by using a more exact analysis of tone and color. Their ideas were inspired by Eugene Chevreul's scientific research into color theory.

26) What art movement literally means the style of "the wild beasts"?


Fauvism is the style of les Fauves, French for "the wild beasts". The leaders of the movement, Henri Matisse and André Derain, emphasized vivid expressionism and unnatural use of color over representational or realistic values.

27) Vincent van Gogh painted The Starry Night while ...?


Van Gogh painted The Starry Night while undergoing treatment at the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, a psychiatric hospital in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in the south of France. Forbidden by the hosptial staff to paint his bedroom, he painted the view from his bedroom window no fewer than twenty-one times at different times of day and under various weather conditions, including sunrise, moonrise, sunshine-filled days, overcast days, windy days, and one day with rain. "Through the iron-barred window," he wrote to his brother in 1889, "I can see an enclosed square of wheat ... above which, in the morning, I watch the sun rise in all its glory."

28) What quality is associated with peaches in Chinese art?


Peaches symbolizing immortality (or the wish for a long and healthy life) are a common symbol in Chinese art. The Taoist god of longevity, Shoulao, is often depicted holding a peach, and Xiwangmu, the queen of immortals, is said to grow peaches in her garden.

29) How old is the earliest known human artwork?


In 2002, Chris Henshilwood discovered a piece of ochre decorated with a delicate geometric pattern in Blombos Cave on the southern Cape coast. He dated the piece conservatively at 77,000 years old; in fact, it could be as much as 100,000 years old.

30) What art movement employs aspects of mass culture, such as advertising, comic books and mundane cultural objects?


Seeking to elevate popular culture to the level of fine art, Pop artists celebrated commonplace objects and people of everyday life. Even the labeling on the outside of a shipping box containing food items for retail has been used as subject matter in pop art, as demonstrated by Andy Warhol's Campbell's Tomato Juice Box.


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