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ART TRIVIA XI

101) What painting features prominently in the 2007 film St Trinians?


In St Trinians, a group of unruly schoolgirls steal Johannes Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring to raise funds to save their school.

102) Who painted The Starry Night?


Painted by Vincent van Gogh in June 1889, The Starry Night depicts the view from the east-facing window of his asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

103) Which of the following is a famous work of pointillism?


In A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, Georges Seurat contrasted miniature dots or small brushstrokes of colors that when unified optically in the human eye were perceived as a single shade or hue. He believed that this form of painting, called divisionism at the time but now known as pointillism, would make the colors more brilliant and powerful than standard brushstrokes.

104) Who painted The Son of Man?


Belgian surrealist René Magritte intended The Son of Man as a self-portrait. The painting consists of a man whose face is obscured by a hovering green apple.

105) Which painting depicts melting watches?


Salvador Dalí's The Persistence of Memory employs "the exactitude of realist painting techniques" to depict imagery more likely to be found in dreams than in waking consciousness.

106) Who painted The Birth of Venus?


Botticelli's The Birth of Venus depicts the goddess, having just emerged from the sea.

107) What artist hides his portraits in piles of junk?


French artist Bernard Pras is widely known for his unbelievable found-object installations. In anamorphic artworks like these, he hides his images in piles of what seems to be plain junk. They can only be seen through a particular device or just from a right angle.

108) What Brazilian artist was known for his fireballs?


In the 1960s, Hélio Oiticica produced a series of small box shaped interactive sculptures called Bólides (fireballs) which had panels and doors which viewers could move and explore.

109) What artist's work was involved in a case before the New York Supreme Court in 2010?


In 2010, Mehretu's work was the object of the Lehmann v. The Project Worldwide case before the New York Supreme Court. The case involved legal issues over her work and the right of first refusal contracts between her then-gallery and a collector.

110) What artist sold a portrait of Leonardo DiCaprio for more than $1 million?


Elizabeth Peyton's portait of Leonardo DiCaprio, entitled Leonardo, sold at Christie's New York in May 2013 for just over $1 million.


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