Put your art knowledge to the test with these 12 paintings
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, we’re asking you to take a look at 12 zoomed-in artworks captured with Art Camera and guess who painted them.
To find out if you’re right, click the image to reveal the answer. Good luck!
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.
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.
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?
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?”
Artwork No. 5
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.
Clue: This painting is probably the artist’s most well-known piece and depicts the view from the east-facing window of his asylum room at Saint-Remy-de-Provence, just before sunrise with the addition of an imaginary village. The artist had voluntarily admitted himself to the asylum after a breakdown resulted in the self-mutilation of a body part.
Clue: This artist was the first African-American to gain international acclaim in the late 1800s and while studying at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts became a favorite of Thomas Eakins – said to be one of the most important artists of American art history. This painting, along with the artist’s most famous work, The Banjo Lesson, is painted in a realist style and draws upon traditional rural activities interlaced with biblical themes.
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).
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.
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.