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From the energetic brushstrokes of Van Gogh of artists known as the post-impressionists was a diverse bunch. Test your knowledge of the talented group with this quiz.

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Question 1 of 20

Which painter's technique led to the movement known as cubism?

Georges Seurat
Paul Cezanne
Paul Gauguin
Vincent van Gogh

... Cezanne's precise brushstrokes and angular shapes led directly to the cubism typified by Picasso's work.

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Question 2 of 20

Which of the following was NOT one of the professions once held by Van Gogh?

sailor
teacher
bookstore clerk
missionary

... Few of the troubled artist's many jobs lasted very long; he was dismissed from his position as a missionary after just one year.

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Question 3 of 20

Where did Paul Gauguin live out the last part of his career?

Paris
Aix-en-Provence
Pont-Aven
the Marquesas Islands

... The Marquesas Islands in the South Pacific appealed to Gauguin's desire to return to the basics and pursue a more primitive art form.

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Question 4 of 20

What region served as the inspiration for many of Seurat's impressive seascapes?

Vermillion coast
Channel coast
British Isles
French Riviera

... Seurat's summer visits to the Channel coast's ports led to such works as "Honfleur," "Port-en-Dessin" and "Le Crotoy."

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Question 5 of 20

Which artist was the leader of the pointillists?

Vincent van Gogh
Georges Seurat
Paul Cezanne
Pierre-Auguste Renoir

... Although he preferred to call it divisionism, Seurat was the first to use the pointillist style, in which numerous dots of colors are applied to achieve complementary colors in the viewer's eye.

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Question 6 of 20

How many self-portraits did Van Gogh paint between the years 1886 and 1889?

12
18
26
more than 30

... The completion of more than 30 self-portraits makes Van Gogh one of the most prolific self-portraitists in history.

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Question 7 of 20

What geographic feature helped inspire Cezanne's style?

Mont Sainte Victoire
Bec du Hoc
the cliffs near Giverny
the Seine

... Located near his home in Aix-en-Provence, the mountain named Mont Sainte Victoire became an obsession of Cezanne's, leading him to follow a new direction in his art.

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Question 8 of 20

Where did Van Gogh paint "The Starry Night"?

The Hague
Auvers-sur-Oise
St Remy-de-Provence
Arles

... The painting, which conveys his feelings about the deep rhythms of the universe, was made at St Remy-de-Provence in France after his mental crisis at Arles in which he cut off part of his ear.

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Question 9 of 20

Which artist was a stockbroker before becoming a painter?

Paul Gauguin
Paul Cezanne
Claude Monet
Pierre-Auguste Renoir

... Before a successful career working as a stockbroker in Paris, Gauguin spent seven years as a sailor.

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Question 10 of 20

Although Gauguin began his career with the impressionists, he later moved on to pioneer which artistic movement?

cubism
dadaism
pointillism
symbolism

... Gauguin sought to create a more pure, primitive art form, leading him to pioneer the symbolist art movement in France and later set the stage for fauvism and expressionism.

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Question 11 of 20

How many renderings did Cezanne make of Mont Sainte-Victoire?

12
20
42
more than 60

... Cezanne represented the 3-D shape of the mountain more than 60 times by dividing it into numerous flat, rectangular planes made up of clearly discernible brushstrokes.

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Question 12 of 20

How many studies did Seurat complete before finishing his famous painting "A Sunday on la Grande Jatte"?

20
26
32
50

... It took Seurat more than two years and 50 studies to finally complete the famous work of art.

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Question 13 of 20

What inspired Gauguin's "Still Life with Teapot and Fruit"?

a meal with a lover
a work by Cezanne
a beggar
a market display

... The painting emulates one of Cezanne's works that was one of Gauguin's most treasured possessions.

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Question 14 of 20

Which artist created a suite of zincographs for display in what came to be known as the Volpini Exhibition?

Paul Gauguin
Paul Cezanne
Vincent van Gogh
Georges Seurat

... The 10 zincographs, made using a black crayon directly on a zinc plate, forced Gauguin to simplify his compositions and focus more on their form and tonal contrast than means of expression.

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Question 15 of 20

How many paintings did Van Gogh produce during his decade-long career?

500
700
900
1,903

... In addition to the 900 paintings, the artist produced more than 1,100 works on paper.

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Question 16 of 20

What work of art is considered Van Gogh's first important painting?

"Self-portrait with a Straw Hat"
"The Potato Eaters"
"The Starry Night"
"The Flowering Orchard"

... The dark palette and coarse application of paint in "The Potato Eaters" are characteristic of works the artist completed during what's known as his Nuenen period.

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Question 17 of 20

How many artists were featured in the exhibition from which the term "postimpressionism" took its name?

4
6
9
15

... Roger Fry invented the term when he marketed the nine-man show as "Manet and the Post-impressionists."

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Question 18 of 20

What postimpressionist movement featuring areas of flat, bright color separated by strong outlines of defining contours originated with Paul Gauguin?

divisionism
cloisonnism
fauvinism
expressionism

... Cloisonnism, otherwise known as synthetism, refers to the term cloisonné, a kind of early European, Chinese and Japanese metalwork.

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Question 19 of 20

Which of the following paintings by Georges Seurat does NOT exhibit his pointillism technique?

"Aman-Jean"
"Circus Sideshow"
"A Sunday on La Grande Jatte"
"La Bec du Hoc, Grandcamp"

... The portrait of Aman-Jean, Seurat's friend and a fellow artist, was not painted in pointillist style and was shown in the Paris Salon of 1883.

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Question 20 of 20

Which artist produced a series of paintings featuring peasants playing cards?

Georges Seurat
Paul Cezanne
Vincent van Gogh
Paul Gauguin

... The series of five pictures, titled "The Card Players," is celebrated as being one of Cezanne's finest figure compositions.

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