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ART TRIVIA V

41) How did the Musée Picasso in Paris come to own its collection of Picasso's works?


Since Picasso left no will, his death duties (estate tax) to the French state were paid in the form of works from his personal collection (both his own works and those of other artists he had traded with). These paintings form the core of the immense and representative collection of the Musée Picasso in Paris.

42) What did Claude Monet's father want him to be?


Monet's father disapproved of his painting. He wanted him to go into the family grocery business.

43) What artist believed he was a reincarnation of his dead brother?


Nine months before Salvador Dalí was born, his older brother (who was also named Salvador) died of gastroenteritis. When he was five, Dalí's parents took him to visit the grave and told him he was a reincarnation of his brother. The artist came to believe this was true and once said that his brother "was probably a first version of myself but conceived too much in the absolute." Images of his deceased sibling appear scattered throughout his later works, including Portrait of My Dead Brother.

44) Who were the models that posed for Grant Wood's famous painting, American Gothic?


Grant Wood thought his mother would be perfect to depict the ideals of rural America in American Gothic, but he was worried that standing for so long would be too exhausting for her, so he asked his sister Nan to wear his mother's apron and pin while posing, and recruited his 62-year-old dentist to model the man.

45) Which of the following paintings did Claude Monet's wife NOT pose for?


Camille Doncieux, Monet's wife, posed for many of his paintings, including "The Woman in the Green Dress", "On the Bank of the Siene", and "Woman with a Parasol". She did NOT pose for "The Road to Chailly".

46) What famous artist was considered a suspect in the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa?


In the early morning of August 21, 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen from its glass case at the Louvre. The police thought the modernist enemies of traditional art might be involved. Pablo Picasso was arrested and questioned along with avant-garde poet and playwright Guillaume Apollinaire. Both were later cleared and released.

47) What is the only work of art Michelangelo ever signed?


The Pietà, a Renaissance masterpiece depicting the body of Jesus on his mother's lap, is the only work of any sort that Michelangelo ever signed. He later regretted what he considered an outburst of pride and vowed to never sign another work again.

48) What is the movement in architecture in which buildings have an organic, amoeba-shaped form?


Blobism or blobitecture is a type of wavy, curvy building design without traditional edges or traditional symmetric form. American-born architect Greg Lynn is credited with founding the movement in 1995 while experimenting with metaball graphical software to create digital designs. Blob architecture is unthinkable without computer-aided design programs. Architects derive the forms by manipulating the algorithms of the computer modeling platform.

49) Which of Henri Matisse's paintings was hung upside down at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for 46 days without anyone noticing?


Le Bateau ("The Boat"), a paper-cut by Henri Matisse, caused a minor stir in 1961 when the Museum of Modern Art in New York hung the work upside-down. It remained that way until the 47th day of the exhibit when Genevieve Habert, a stockbroker, noticed the mistake and notified a guard.

50) What Salt Lake City-born cartoonist produced classic portrayals of the era of the flapper, bootlegging, and jazz?


One of the best known magazine illustrators of the 1920s, John Held Jr. was an American cartoonist, printmaker, and illustrator. His drawings defined the flapper era so well that many people are still familiar with Held's work today.


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