If We Show You the Artist, Can You Name Their Painting?

Teresa McGlothlin

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About This Quiz

For the purpose of this art lovers' quiz, we've decided to do things a little differently. It's easy to look at a painting and to name the artist, but can you do it the other way around? Can you look at an artist then identify one of their most famous pieces? 

Out of 40 artists, we think you'll be able to choose their work without a problem. Whether you have a degree in art history or you simply like to haunt the local gallery, selecting the painting that belongs to the artist's photo will give you a brand new way to look at art! From artists like Georgia O'Keefe to inventors like Leonardo da Vinci, the art world was as full of characters as it is of colorful and thought-provoking work.

If you get stuck while looking at an artist, we have given you a hint, and you should feel good about using them. Artists are always changing their appearance, and it might not be a surprise to be a little confused about the version of them that you see. How well do you think you'll do on this quiz? We think you'll be a master by the time you're done!

He led the Post Impressionism movement, but can you identify one of his pieces?

Painted in 1898, "The Bathers" remains one of Paul Cezanne's most beloved works. Cezanne's belief that "a work of art that did not begin as emotion is not a work of art" led him to break new ground in the late 19th century. He is often credited with paving the way for many 20th century movements.

This Swiss artist produced over 10,000 pieces in his lifetime—which one of these did he create?

Born in 1879, Paul Klee took inspiration from the impressionists, the surrealists, and the cubists. With pieces varying from the shape-oriented "Fish Magic" to more complex pieces like "A Young Lady's Adventures," Klee painted until his death in 1940. Although most know him as an artist, he was also an accomplished musician.

He was a Spanish artist who preferred living in France—can you correctly name one of his most famous works?

Pablo Picasso was known for both his skill in several mediums and his eccentricity. Borrowing from many art movements including Surrealism and Post Impressionism, Picasso's style set him apart and made him the daredevil of the time.

Which painting did this ancestor of a former Attorney General and English philosopher create?

Named after his famous ancestor, Francis Bacon was known for his challenging and confrontational subject matter. Heavily influenced by the surrealist movement, Bacon's depiction of humans is not your average portrayal. In this painting, "Three Studies for Figures at the Base of the Crucifixion," he has given three examples of his unique style.

Can you correctly choose this Mexican folk artist's painting from this list?

Frida Kahlo may have had a litany of physical problems, but she did not let that stop her from painting some of the most easily recognizable paintings in an art gallery. Borrowing from both surrealism and Mexican folk art, she was known for her intimate and thought-provoking portraits.

He is considered one of the founders of the French Impressionist movement—are you able to choose his painting from this list?

Although Claude Monet was well-known for destroying many of his pieces, he still managed to unleash an impressive 2,500 of them on the world. As an impressionist, Monet broke away from earlier, more realistic styles. Instead, he preferred to paint with looser strokes and more interpretive forms.

Do you know which of these paintings belongs to this cat-loving artist?

Although Gustav Klimt was known for his love of both cats and women, he was known as an introvert. Many of his art nouveau style paintings, such as "The Kiss," depict the female form and they are believed to be inspired by his long-time companion Emilie Louise Floge.

This artist was known for his "readymade" art, but can you choose his most famous work?

Born in France during 1887, Marcel Duchamp was a writer, a chess player, and a rule-bending artist. When he unveiled "Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2," it was originally rejected for appearing too much like the work of the Futurist movement. These days, you can see at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

His middle name might have been Harmenszoon, but he is considered a master. Which of these paintings belongs to him?

Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn is considered the most important artist in Dutch history. His style was highly criticized for lacking depth perception at the time, but his work has earned him as spot as one of the world's best artists. "The Night Watch" shows his ability to showcase both light and shadow.

He is still considered the godfather of pop art—which of these paintings did he create?

New York artist Andy Warhol is a multi-media artist that began the Pop Art movement in the late 1950s. Although he was known for his sculptures, films, and prints, 1964's "Shot Marilyn" is one of his best-known and well-loved paintings.

Although he was also a printmaker, he was best known for his paintings. Which of these paintings helped make him famous?

A friend of Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse ran a Paris art school between 1908 and 1911—where he taught other artists about his bold sense of color and flow. Also a sculpture and printmaker, his paintings proved to be more popular and lucrative. Recently, one painting sold for over $20 million dollars.

Which of these painting was created by this legendary artist?

It is nearly impossible to mention famous artists without mentioning Vincent Van Gogh. Throughout his poverty-stricken life, Van Gogh rarely sold a painting. Now, he is one of the world's best-loved artists. If you want to see his work today, you will have to visit his museum in Amsterdam.

One of this artist's paintings sold for $140 million—can you choose the name of one of the others from this list?

Born in Wyoming in 1912, Jackson Pollack became one of the best-known artists in the abstract expressionist movement. His unique method of painting did not require an easel. In fact, Paul Jackson Pollack preferred to put his canvas on the floor so that he could drizzle or drip paint from above.

He may have had 10 children, but painting was his first love. Can you choose the correct name of one of his works?

Paris born Paul Gauguin was a member of the French post-impressionists, but he spent a great deal of his life in the Polynesian Islands. Known as a bit of an odd person, Gauguin refused to clean his paint palette or throw away an unwanted canvas.

This artist's graffiti tag was SAMO—which of these paintings did he paint?

Jean-Michel Basquiat began his career as part of a pair of graffiti artists who brightened up New York City's blank walls. As a solo artist, he used his love of history and culture to fill his canvases. Unlike many artists, Basquait spent his entire life in one place.

He was expelled from art school twice, but he became famous with paintings like which one?

Salvador Dali may have taken the title of the Father of Surrealism, but the Surrealists didn't like him at all. Known for his reality-bending paintings and sculptures, Dali's personality was outlandish. Although many assume that he abused drugs, he never went near a substance.

This artist created until her last breath—which of these paintings is one of her best known?

Sometimes called the Mother of American modernism, Georgia O'Keefe is well-known for her desert landscapes and her close-up versions of flower paintings. Unlike most artists, O'Keefe's favorite place to paint was not in her studio—she actually preferred to paint in her car!

This Norwegian artist was a disappointment to his father, but a delight to the art world. Which of these paintings did he create?

After losing his mother at the age of five, Edvard Munch was raised by his controlling and authoritative father. Although his early pieces were described as a "travesty of art," he developed his own style and sold over 680 paintings in his lifetime.

Which Dada artist's painting do you see listed here?

Man Ray studied painting in New York in 1908, but he became best known as a photographer. Borrowing from Surrealism and Dada, Man Ray's strange style raised more than a few eyebrows. Despite his multi-media success, he still considered himself a painter.

Leaving the law field and pursuing art was a good move for this artist. Do you know which of these paintings he can claim?

Once a teacher and once a lawyer, Wassily Kandinsky turned down a few opportunities to pursue art. With his philosophical approach to painting, he tried to portray the best in color, movement, and sound. He credits painters like Claude Monet for inspiring his work.

He was responsible for the mural movement in Mexico—can you correctly choose the title of his painting?

Also known as the husband of Frida Kahlo, Diego Riviera started drawing before the age of five. By the age of 10, he was attending an art school in Mexico City. In 2016, one of Diego Riviera's paintings sold for more than 15 million dollars.

She considered Edgar Degas her best friend—which of these paintings belong to her?

Mary Cassatt was born in Pennsylvania, but she spent the majority of her childhood in France. She did not begin formal training as a painter until 1861, and it drove her to return to Paris in her later years.

Which Sistine Chapel artist's painting do you see listed here?

Although Michelangelo was not the first person chosen to paint the epic Sistine Chapel, he completed the task all alone. Despite his prowess as an artist, inventor, and scientist, he was known to enjoy provoking others.

As the son of a watchmaker and a goldsmith, he was a natural born artist. Are you able to accurately choose his painting?

Before even entering middle school, Joan Miro was enrolled in drawing classes. After moving from his native Barcelona in the 1920s, he became a great friend of Pablo Picasso. He is considered one of the front runners of the modern art movement.

This artist loved painting trees before moving on to his famous style. Which of these pieces belongs to him?

Piet Mondrian, or Pieter Cornelius Mondriaan, was an art teacher that loved painting realistic scenes early in his career. Infusing his philosophies about light and darkness in his more modern pieces, Mondrian coined the term Neoplasticism to describe his own style.

Which of these paintings belongs to this artist who was known for his speed?

Pierre-Auguste Renoir began his life as a singer, but his family could not afford the lessons. To help out, he took a job at a porcelain factory in Paris and was quickly noticed for his talent. He was also known for being able to complete portraits in under an hour!

Can you choose the painting created by this Ohio State University alumni?

Although he claimed that "I like to pretend my art has nothing to do with me," Roy Lichtenstein grew to become one of the leading sellers in the Pop art movement. In his lifetime, he only created 60 paintings, but he was a true competitor for artists like Andy Warhol.

He is credited with creating "colorfield painting." Which of these pieces did he make?

Born in Latvia as Markus Yakovlevich Rothkowitz, Mark Rothko refused to associate himself with any particular art movement. As a Yale University graduate, Rothko challenged the art world with his philosophical approach. He also feared that his paintings would only be seen as hotel decoration.

Which of these was made by this artist who painted over 300 covers for 'The Saturday Evening Post'?

Because he was underweight, Norman Rockwell was rejected from the United States Navy the first time he tried. Painting professionally since the age of 14, Rockwell loved to portray little slices of American life.

As well as being a painter, he was an AIDS activist. Can you pick the painting that belongs to him?

Contemporary artist Keith Haring began his career as a chalk artist after moving to New York City. With his philosophy that everyone should be able to afford art, Haring created prints and t-shirts for fans to purchase at a minimal price. He also holds the world's record for the largest jigsaw painting puzzle.

No one knows his real name, but do you know which of these he painted?

Although one of the more famous modern artists, Banksy has successfully kept his real identity a secret from the public. Originally a street artist, Banksy has come to delight the art world with his important statements. In 2018, a Banksy original was sold at auction for over $1.1 million and shredded instantly after the gavel fell.

Can you identify this a piece of this artist's work from the list below?

In addition to being a painter, Edgar Degas was also a sculptor, printmaker, and draftsman. Most famous for his depictions of dancers in the studio, Degas is known as one of the fathers of French impressionism.

He had a spotty style known as Pointillism—which of these paintings did he create?

Georges Serat had a unique style of painting. Before pixels were invented, Serat employed a technique called Pointillism which used a series of dots to complete the pictures. His ability to work large scale with this technique earned him the nickname "Serat the Dot."

This artist was a leading member of the Futurist movement—which of these paintings can he claim?

In the early 1900s, a small group of artists including Umberto Boccioni form a group known as The Futurists. Obsessed with movement and change, the Futurists created some of the most challenging art work of the time.

His father was his painting teacher—which of these is one of his paintings?

Raphael was taught to paint for an early age and he was always like for his pleasant demeanor. Although he lost his parents at a young age, he began to apprentice in 1500. He considered Da Vinci to be his biggest influence.

Do you know which famous painting this artist created?

Leonardo da Vinci was more than just an artist. He was also a scientist, an inventor, and a philosopher. Recognized as one of the world's most talented people, his work is classified into the Italian Renaissance and High Renaissance movements.

Which painting was created by this native New Yorker?

Edward Hopper might have been most known for his oil paintings, but he also enjoyed working with watercolors. Trained as an illustrator, Hopper's work grew up in a small town not far from the Hudson River.

She started painting at age 12, but grew to thrive in the Art Deco world—which of these paintings belongs to her?

At the end of her life, artist Tamara de Lempicka had her ashes scattered over a volcano. Best known for her Art Deco portraits of women, she was also known for her wild side. She was born in Poland but later lived in Mexico.

Being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom was only one feather is this artist's cap—can you choose his painting?

Jasper Johns is an American painter who is currently 88 years old. Born in the south, Johns later moved to New York City to pursue his artistic career. To this day, Johns still cites Marcel Duchamp as his major influence.

Do you know the name of this Belgian artist's painting?

Rene Magritte is a Belgian born artist who had a rough start in life. After the suicide of his mother, he wanted to paint but he needed to raise fund to become an artist. As a master forger, Magritte's style came from many different movements.

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