Can You Guess the Artwork?

By Google Arts & Culture

Guess these 12 masterpieces from La Galleria Nazionale, MoMA, and more

Rose (Registered 1883) by William MorrisThe Baltimore Museum of Art

How well do you know the work of some of the best known artists from around the world? Do you think you’d be able to tell which artist painted which piece, just from a close-up detail or a zoomed-in brushstroke?

With just a couple of clues to help, take a look at 12 close-ups of artworks and guess who made them...

Watery Paths (Sentieri ondulati) (1947) by Jackson PollockLa Galleria Nazionale

Artwork No.1

Clue: This artist was an American painter and a major player in the abstract art movement. He became known for his own unique style of drip painting. A painting of his now sells up to around $140 million.

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Red Cannas (1927) by Georgia O'KeeffeAmon Carter Museum of American Art

Artwork No. 2

Clue: Often seen as the “mother of modern modernism” this American artist was born to two dairy farmers in Wisconsin, with her father being of Irish descent. Her signature works were often of large blooms, skyscrapers and the New Mexico landscape, where she lived for many years.

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Water Lilies (1916) by Claude MonetThe National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

Artwork No.3

Clue: This painting is from a series of 250 oil paintings on the same subject, created by a French artist. The artist in question repeatedly captured the French countryside in his works and was one of the founders of Impressionism, so who is it?

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Live Ammo (Ha! Ha! Ha!) (1962/1962) by Roy LichtensteinChrysler Museum of Art

Artwork No.4

Clue: This American artist was a big part of the Pop Art movement during the 1960s. He adopted the Ben-Day Dot technique and often placed pop culture characters from consumer culture in his works. His combination of recognisable characters in a graphic style stemmed from a challenge set by one of his sons, who pointed to a Mickey Mouse comic book and said: "I bet you can't paint as good as that, eh, Dad?”

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The Kirifuri Waterfall at Mt. Kurokami (ca. 1831) by Katsushika HokusaiThe Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Artwork No. 5

Clue: This Japanese Ukiyo-e painter and printmaker worked during the Edo Period and favored traditional techniques. One of his most famous series of works was 36 different views of a well-known mountain in Japan.

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Marxism Will Give Health to the Ill (1954) by Frida KahloMuseo Frida Kahlo

Artwork No.6

Clue: This artist’s body of work mainly consists of self-portraits of herself with a folk art quality. Now one of Mexico’s most revered artists, at the time it was her husband, Diego Rivera, who got most of the limelight during their careers.

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The Starry Night (1889) by Vincent van GoghMoMA The Museum of Modern Art

Artwork No.7

Clue: This painting is probably the artist’s most well-known piece and depicts the view from the east-facing window of his hospital room at Saint-Remy-de-Provence, just before sunrise with the addition of an imaginary village.

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Grande composizione A con nero, rosso, grigio, giallo e blu (1919 - 1920) by Piet MondrianLa Galleria Nazionale

Artwork No.9

Clue: In the early 1900s this Dutch artist evolved a new style called Neoplasticism or De Stijl, which adopted an abstract approach reducing the essentials of form and color to their most basic. The artist eventually decided to limit all his paintings to only using the three primary colors (red, blue and yellow), the three primary values (black, white and gray) and the two primary directions (horizontal and vertical).

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The birth of Venus (1483 - 1485) by Sandro BotticelliUffizi Gallery

Artwork No.10

Clue: This early-Renaissance painter is best known for his mythological paintings. This particular painting is his most recognisable and depicts a goddess arising at the shore after her birth. It has been recreated numerous times in pop culture by the likes of Lady Gaga, Andy Warhol, The Muppets and internet cats.

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The Family (1892) by Mary CassattChrysler Museum of Art

Artwork No.11

Clue: This artist was the only American to exhibit with the Impressionists in Paris in 1879. Her signature works often captured mothers and children in everyday moments. As a successful, highly trained woman artist who never married, this artist was seen as the personification of the “New Woman”, a change in perception of the expectations of women in society at the time.

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Textile length, 'Bird' (1878/1924) by William MorrisPowerhouse Museum

Artwork No.12

Clue: Textiles was this British designer’s thing during the 1800s, so much so he was one of the main influencers of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Marrying design and production, this designer was inspired by the romantic paintings of John Ruskin, which led to many floral and nature-inspired prints.

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Live Ammo (Ha! Ha! Ha!), Roy Lichtenstein, 1962/1962, From the collection of: Chrysler Museum of Art
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