MoMA: Guess the artist, Part 1

MoMA: Guess the artist, Part 1 Image

Last year I had a lot of fun sharing some of my close-up images of paintings at the Centre Pompidou and many of you enjoyed playing a game of “Guess the Artist“. A few days ago I darted up to New York for a day of city-fun with one of my best friends. We were not planning on visiting any of the museums, but that is what I love about MoMA – it is irresistible. And soon we found ourselves lost in the Early Modern Art galleries.

Photographing works of art up close has become a preferred method for me to enjoy museums; I get a chance to zero in on a small portion of an overwhelmingly complex work and really study the layers of paint, grasp the artist’s unique stroke. So there I was in MoMA capturing details of some of my favorite paintings completely lost and content in my own world. Now it’s your chance to be mesmerized! Though you all did so well last time, I’ve tried to make it a bit more challenging.

Here’s how to play: Below are 10 works of art currently on view at MoMA New York. Leave your guesses in a comment below and next week I’ll share the work of art in full and reveal the answers. Bonne chance!

Can you guess which artist completed the following works of art? Share your answers below!

Painting 1

MoMA: Guess the Artist

Painting 2

MoMA: Guess the Artist

Painting 3

MoMA: Guess the Artist

Painting 4

MoMA: Guess the Artist

Painting 5

MoMA: Guess the Artist

Painting 6

MoMA: Guess the Artist

Painting 7

MoMA: Guess the Artist

Painting 8

MoMA: Guess the Artist

Painting 9

MoMA: Guess the Artist

Painting 10

MoMA: Guess the Artist

So what do you think? Any guesses?

48 comments… add one

  1. Erin January 5, 2013, 1:29 am

    1. Cezane 2. Picasso 3. Rousseau 4. Munch 5. ? 6. Van Gogh 7. Magritte 8. Picasso 9. Seurat 10. ?

    Only my best guesses except for 4 and 6!

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    1. Stephanie January 5, 2013, 2:42 pm

      Great guesses!!

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  2. Liam January 5, 2013, 6:22 pm

    1. Matisse? 2. Picasso? 3. Rousseau 4. Munch 5. ? 6. ? Van Gogh 7. Magritte 8. Modigliani 9. Seurat 10. Rothko?

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    1. Stephanie January 8, 2013, 7:00 pm

      Just about got it!

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  3. JK Doyle January 5, 2013, 6:24 pm

    Cezanne, Picasso, Trousseau, Munch, ?, VanGogh, Magritte, Modigliani, Surat, Monet

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  4. kenneth January 5, 2013, 6:27 pm

    1. cezanne 2. Picasso 3. Rousseau 4. Renoir 5. Caillebot 6. Van Gogh 7. Magritte 8. Mondrian 9. Seurat 10. Pollock

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  5. Trevor carter January 5, 2013, 6:29 pm

    1.cezanne 2. Picasso 3. Rousseau 4. Munch 5. ? 6. Van Gogh 7. Magritte 8. Modigliani, 9. Seurat and 10. Monet

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  6. Chris January 5, 2013, 6:30 pm

    1. Cezanne
    2. Picasso
    3. Rousseau
    4. Munch
    5. Picasso?
    6. Van Gogh
    7. Margritte
    8. Modigliani
    9. Seurat
    10. Monet

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    1. Stephanie January 8, 2013, 6:56 pm

      Bravo! Very close!

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  7. Chris January 5, 2013, 6:36 pm

    5. Miro?

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    1. Stephanie January 8, 2013, 6:56 pm

      No Miro… ;)

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  8. John Drummond January 5, 2013, 6:44 pm

    1. Cezanne 2. Picasso 3. Rousseau. 4. Munch 5. Oldenburg 6. Van Gogh 7. Magritte 8, Modigliani 9. Seurat 10. Monet

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    1. Stephanie January 8, 2013, 6:56 pm

      Getting there!

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  9. Sabrina January 5, 2013, 6:54 pm

    1)Cezanne, 2) Matisse, 3)Rousseau, 4) Munch, 5) Dali ?, 6) Van Gogh, 7)Magritte, 8)Modigliani, 9) Seurat, 10 ?

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    1. Stephanie January 8, 2013, 6:55 pm

      Those are great guesses!

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  10. Marleen January 5, 2013, 7:24 pm

    Is 5 a Dutch Master, a detail of a drinking cup? Maybe Vermeer? And 10 Degas? It’s. A nice quiz :)

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    1. Stephanie January 8, 2013, 6:55 pm

      Not quite! They are all Modern Masters.

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  11. clare January 5, 2013, 7:33 pm

    1. Cezanne
    2. Picasso
    3. Rousseau
    4. Munch
    5. Brancusi
    6. Van Gogh
    7. Magritte
    8. Brucke
    9. Seurat
    10. Monet

    This is brilliant. I’ve always loved the art history game.

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    1. Stephanie January 8, 2013, 6:55 pm

      Very close! :)

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      1. clare January 9, 2013, 4:06 pm

        Even though I was making an educated guess, I would have bet even money that #8 was Brucke, Kirchner or someone from Der Blaue Reiter –but I see now I would have lost money.

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  12. beatrix January 5, 2013, 7:46 pm

    wow, this is hard! I can only guess at the super-iconic ones
    2 Picasso
    4 monet
    6 Van Gogh

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    1. Stephanie January 8, 2013, 6:54 pm

      Great work! I tried to make this one more challenging. For my next post I hope to capture images at all levels. You did good though!

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  13. Ivanna January 5, 2013, 7:59 pm

    1. Cezane 2. Picasso 3. ? 4. Munch 5.? 6. Van Gogh 7. Magritte (I love this painting) 8. Picasso 9. Seurat 10. ?

    I couldn’t guess the 3, 4 and 10 :(

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    1. Stephanie January 8, 2013, 6:53 pm

      Great guesses!

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  14. agnes January 5, 2013, 8:08 pm

    1. Cezanne 2. Picasso 3. Rousseau 4. Munch 5. Dali ? 6. Van Gogh 7. Magritte 8. Modigliani 9. Seurat 10. Monet
    :)

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    1. Stephanie January 8, 2013, 6:53 pm

      Almost!

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  15. Matthew January 5, 2013, 8:11 pm

    Is No.10 Anselm Kiefer? It doesn’t seem like his color palette but the paint texture looks like some of his work. No. 5 I have no idea about, but for all the others I had the same guesses as Erin.

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    1. Stephanie January 8, 2013, 6:53 pm

      Not quite but great guesses!

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  16. Murissa @TheWanderfullTraveler January 5, 2013, 8:22 pm

    You’re making me stretch my skills a bit after 8 months of no art history courses!
    1. Cezanne 2. Picasso 3. Rousseau 4. Munch 5. Braque? 6. Van Gogh 7. Magritte 8. Gauguin? (But Maybe De Kooning or even Kirchner) 9.Seurat and 10. Monet? my guess based on the way the canvas is divided yet continues on – although I am surprised about the amount of texture but I have yet to see a Monet in person.

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    1. John Drummond January 5, 2013, 8:34 pm

      Hi! I’m very sure about #8 (Modigliani) and #10 (Monet). The latter is part of his famous Water Lilies tryptich. I’m a MoMA member and have seen it many times. But #5 is a guess. Picture looks 3D like painted plastic, so I thought “soft sculpture,” thus Oldenburg. Looking forward to seeing the answers posted!

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      1. Stephanie January 8, 2013, 6:51 pm

        Oldenburg is one of my favorites. But keep guessing!

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    2. Stephanie January 8, 2013, 6:52 pm

      Thought for sure you would get #8! Great guesses though! What I thought would mess people up on 10 ended up helping you ;)

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  17. balenciagamos January 5, 2013, 9:00 pm

    I would say #5 is Brancusi?

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    1. Stephanie January 8, 2013, 6:51 pm

      Maybe!

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  18. Christine January 5, 2013, 9:46 pm

    1. Cezanne, 2. Picasso, 3. Rousseau, 4. Munch, 5. DeKooning, 6. VanGogh, 7. Magritte, 8. Modigliani, 9. Seurat, 10. Monet

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    1. Stephanie January 8, 2013, 6:51 pm

      Very close!

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  19. Matthew January 5, 2013, 11:48 pm

    This is along shot but is No. 5 Siquieros?

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    1. Stephanie January 8, 2013, 6:50 pm

      Good guess! I can see how you might think that.

      Reply
  20. elizabeth ballard January 6, 2013, 3:37 am

    1 Cezanne
    2 Picasso
    3 Rousseau
    4 Munch
    5 DuChamp
    6 Van Gogh
    7 Magritte
    8 Modigliani
    9 Seurat
    10 Monet

    The only one I am unsure of is 5.

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    1. Stephanie January 8, 2013, 6:50 pm

      That’s one of the tricky ones

      Reply
  21. Juan January 6, 2013, 5:16 am

    1. Cezanne
    2. Picasso
    3. Rousseau
    4. Munch
    5. Manet
    6. Van Gogh
    7. Margeritte
    8. Modigliani
    9. Seurat
    10. Monet

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    1. Stephanie January 8, 2013, 6:49 pm

      That’s close!

      Reply
  22. kenneth January 6, 2013, 11:30 am

    Im revising my choice – instead of mondrian i will definately say Modligani (i meant Modligani but couldn’t remember the name) and instead of pollock i will go for Monet. I have seen someone say 5 is Brancuzi and i nearly went for the same, but i will hold out and say Caillebot.

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    1. Stephanie January 8, 2013, 6:49 pm

      Good change! Though you might want to second guess the Caillebot ;)

      Reply
  23. Ken Filar January 6, 2013, 1:16 pm

    1. Cezanne
    2. Picasso
    3. Gaugin
    4. Munch
    5. Man Ray
    6. Van Gogh
    7. Magritte
    8. Modigliani
    9. Seurat
    10. Matisse

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    1. Stephanie January 8, 2013, 6:48 pm

      Close!

      Reply
  24. agnes January 6, 2013, 8:46 pm

    ok i found the #5 (but it’s not a painting …). so :
    1. Cezanne 2. Picasso 3. Rousseau 4. Munch 5. Brancusi 6. Van Gogh 7. Magritte 8. Modigliani 9. Seurat 10. Monet
    (:

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    1. Stephanie January 8, 2013, 6:48 pm

      Great work!

      Reply

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