Famous Painters

Name these famous painters in history according to their corresponding descriptions.
Quiz by alberici
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Last updated: January 7, 2022
First submittedNovember 3, 2015
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Clue
Nationality
Painter
Multi-talented Renaissance man
Italian
Leonardo Da Vinci
Impressionist who made several series of water lilies, the Rouen cathedral, and the Houses of Parliament
French
Claude Monet
This pop-artist's New York studio was known as "The Factory"
American
Andy Warhol
Considered the founders of Cubism
Spanish
Pablo Picasso
French
Georges Braque
Surrealist known for melting clocks
Spanish
Salvador Dali
Depicted Tahitian women on beaches
French
Paul Gauguin
Cut his ear off after a fight with the above
Dutch
Vincent Van Gogh
Depicted calm everyday life scenes of New York
American
Edward Hopper
Painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
Italian
Michelangelo
Dutch Golden Age painter known for his many self-portraits
Dutch
Rembrandt
Impressionist painter, pastel drawer, and sculptor of dancing girls
French
Edgar Degas
Street artist whose identity still remains a mystery to this day...
British
Banksy
Comics artist; his name sounds like a tiny European country
American
Roy Lichtenstein
"Painter of Light"; reproduced many English landscapes
British
J. M. W. Turner
Often painted posters for the Moulin Rouge
French
Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec
"The Scream" is his most famous painting
Norwegian
Edvard Munch
Florentine Renaissance artist; "The Birth of Venus"
Italian
Sandro Botticelli
Pioneer of abstract art who was the head of a rejectionist movement known as "Der Blaue Reiter"
Russian
Vassily Kandinsky
Female painter with a famous unibrow
Mexican
Frida Kahlo
Husband of the above, mostly known for his mural paintings
Diego Rivera
Painter of elongated figures who moved to Toledo
Greek
El Greco
Painter from Delft who depicted many indoor scenes like "The Milkmaid"
Dutch
Jan Vermeer
Drip painter; died in a car crash at age 44
American
Jackson Pollock
Apart from painting masterpieces like "The School of Athens", this High Renaissance painter was also involved in the construction of St. Peter's basilica
Italian
Raphael
Surrealist who will tell that a drawing of a pipe isn't a pipe
Belgian
René Magritte
Artworks by this symbolist painter like "The Kiss" and "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer" famously contain gold leaves
Austrian
Gustav Klimt
Court painter of King Philip IV during the 17th century
Spanish
Diego Velázquez
Abstract rectangles painter
Dutch
Piet Mondrian
Major leader of Fauvism who spent most of his later life in Nice
French
Henri Matisse
"The Great Wave off Kanagawa" is the most famous of his series of prints showing different views of Mount Fuji
Japanese
Hokusai
Urban artist and anti-AIDS activist during the 1980's
American
Keith Haring
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Level 68
Nov 3, 2015
Great quiz!
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Level 77
Nov 7, 2015
Why is Rockwell so vital? I'd have thought more important exclusions included Velazquez, Titian, Caravaggio, Poussin, Courbet, Manet, Kandinsky, Miro, Klee, Breughel, etc ad nauseum. This was an excellent quiz.
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Level 81
Dec 30, 2015
Can't put them all in, but it begs for a part II. Would be tougher, but this was a good mix.
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Level 71
Dec 30, 2015
Chagall, Matisse, Rembrandt, Bosch...
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Level 74
Nov 10, 2015
I would like to see what he did on the roof, but didn't Michelangelo paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel?
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Level 68
Dec 30, 2015
LOL
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Level 67
Dec 30, 2015
I'll bet I'm not alone in having tried "Monaco, Malta, Andorra, San Marino" etc. for the comics artist question.
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Level 86
Dec 30, 2015
I was on the same track, but I tried Luxembourg first and then went right to the correct answer.
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Level 83
Aug 18, 2017
Names that I actually tried:

Anne Dora

Monty Negro

Stan Marino

Dan Marino

Al Bania

And if I had thought of them, I would have also tried: Jim Braltar, Den Mark, Sir Bia and S. Tonia.

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Level 75
Mar 1, 2018
LOL
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Level 72
May 29, 2021
Yup! Had no idea, but I guessed until I hit "Leichtenstein" and got it lol. Never heard of the artist. I almost feel bad when I get answers like that, but oh well.
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Level 29
Dec 30, 2015
Ever since Woman in Gold, I always relate Klimt to the Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer first instead of the Kiss. Great Quiz though.
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Level 71
Dec 30, 2015
Those 36 Views of Mount Fuji were prints, not paintings.
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Level 70
Dec 30, 2015
Agreed. Hokusai was a painter, but the clue for this should say "Created 36 Views of Mt. Fuji prints" not "Painted"
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Level 71
Mar 3, 2018
Yes! Most people seem to think "prints" are just copies of drawings or paintings, and don't understand that printmaking is an entirely separate art form (that stands on its own, thankyouverymuch!).
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Level 75
Dec 30, 2015
Can you accept Raffaello?
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Level 64
Dec 30, 2015
I got it, but the clue for Leonardo Da Vinci is way too vague and could describe any number of Renaissance artists.
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Level 73
Dec 30, 2015
There aren't 100 possible answers for "Multi-talented Renaissance man". According to me the clue is pretty obvious (even if vague) and it is also the most-guessed answer on this quiz (96%).
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Level 71
Dec 30, 2015
I got it all except El Greco and the hint was right in front of me! Still a great quiz! Please make Part 2!
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Level 86
Dec 30, 2015
"Painter of Light" threw me. The only painter I've ever heard referred to as such is Thomas Kinkade, though he's not British.
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Level 61
Dec 31, 2015
I tried Kinkade in five different spellings, then looked it up on Google and ws annoyed that it said British, while I knew he was American...
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Level 87
Dec 22, 2021
You can have him though.
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Level 71
Mar 3, 2018
Thomas Kinkade is not worthy to paint the garage of anyone on this quiz!! …in my humble and not at all snobbish opinion. 😬
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Level 67
Dec 30, 2015
Very good quiz! 18/29 here, not well but challenging. Pleased I got Hokusai, Haring, and Magritte, but sad I missed Rubens and Botticelli. Surprised I didn't see Renoir or Rockwell.
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Level 71
Dec 30, 2015
Good quiz, I go along with HelenO with Ceiling for Roof.
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Level 61
Dec 31, 2015
Just some Dutch nitpicking here:

- Mondriaan should be accepted.

- Vermeer's first name is Johannes.

- surname prefixes in Dutch are never capitalized: Vincent van Gogh. The only exception is when you write 'mister/mrs./miss Van Gogh'.

Great quiz otherwise!

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Level 58
Dec 31, 2015
Not the only exception - also when there's nothin in front. It's "Van Gogh", "Mr. Van Gogh", "Vincent van Gogh", "V. van Gogh".
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Level 73
Jan 1, 2016
van rijn should be acceptable for rembrandt since that's his surname
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Level 73
Jan 1, 2016
The only problem is that no one on earth simply calls him "van Rijn"
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Level 73
Jan 1, 2016
i get your point. i'm not saying it should be the only acceptable answer, just another acceptable answer.
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Level 71
Mar 3, 2018
Nobody calls me by my last name either, but it's still my last name :-)
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Level 73
Dec 28, 2021
Can this please be acceptable now? This reasoning is totally unhelpful; just because the quizmaker doesn't call somebody by their surname doesn't mean that surname shouldn't be acceptable.
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Level 73
Jan 3, 2022
OK, you convinced me. "van Rijn" (or simply Rijn) will be accepted from now on, as "Buonarotti" will be for Michelangelo.
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Level 71
Oct 30, 2016
Good quiz, I did OK, and I have a few names to look up and enjoy.
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Level 83
Aug 18, 2017
I did horribly on this, but learned some tidbits about some vaguely familiar names. I also learned that there clearly aren't any painters in any of the Harry Potter stories. Makes me want to take more painter quizzes.
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Level 81
Mar 1, 2018
I enjoyed that quiz, good job
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Level 71
Mar 3, 2018
I'm not sure what the update was, but various errors and corrections, both major and minor were pointed out in the comments that didn't get fixed: (1) It's fine to include Hokusai with painters, as he did indeed paint, but he did not paint 36 views of Mt. Fuji! They are no more paintings than they are sculptures. They are woodblock prints. They don't even involve paint! (2) Rembrandt van Rijn and Michelangelo Buonarroti being their full names, both surnames should be accepted. (I'd argue that Raphael is fine as is, since that's a pseudonym rather than a first name.) (3) Vermeer's first name is Johannes. He never went by Jan, and how he got that nickname in the art world in later times is a weird story, so while it's great that you accept both, Johannes should really be what displays. (4) Capitalization correction of Vincent van Gogh. // Thanks in advance for considering these corrections!
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Level 82
Mar 4, 2018
I know I'm probably entering into "non-sense rant" territory... but here I go

Why, for God's sake, do people think in Frida Kahlo as the maximum exponent of Mexican art? It's beyond me that someone can think of her as a good painter, let alone a great one.

I mean, Diego Rivera, who many people only know as "Frida's hubby", not only was a much much much better painter that her, he often finished her paintings! Many of Frida's best known paintings were actually finished and "beautified" (for a lack of a better word) by Diego! And he doesn't get the credit and respect he's due!

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Level 71
Mar 8, 2018
Well, this quiz is only attempting to identify *famous* painters, and Frida certainly was that. She had a tragic young life, a tempestuous marriage, and made deeply personal art that people connect with, particularly Mexicans because of her embrace of her country's folk culture. Diego Rivera is certainly famous too, but I never heard he worked on Frida's paintings; do you have sources for that? Anyway, "good" and "great" when it comes to art will always be subjective, and everyone's list would be radically different.
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Level 87
Dec 22, 2021
Most people after 1900 who call themselves artists aren't any good, but they keep selling it. Sales equals art now.
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Level 73
Mar 10, 2018
I would have liked to see more specific clues for Kandinsky, Raphael. I would have known immediately if you said "The Blue Rider" or "The School of Athens."
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Level 73
Jan 7, 2022
Thank you for your remark, I fixed that!
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Level 71
Sep 27, 2019
Awesome quiz! 🎨⭐ Wish my man Paul Klee was up there! But you had a nice cross-section of artists represented... so nice work!
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Level 65
Jan 13, 2020
Nice one, and challeging. Just a couple of caveats: there is a single woman (being "female" her main merit/trait - rewrite the clue focusing on the art, please), and a single non EU/NA painter. Looking at this list one would think that only white western men have produced remarkable art the last millenium.
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Level 87
Dec 22, 2021
I found one you might like better:

https://www.jetpunk.com/create-quiz

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Level 83
Jan 16, 2020
No Bob Ross??!!!!!!!!!!!!! For shame! This would've been a much happier, little quiz.
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Level 74
Sep 30, 2020
Genius that guy
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Level 53
May 15, 2021
BOB ROSS!!!
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Level 71
Mar 22, 2022
The name is Piet Mondriaan with double A.