MAKING A MARK: Who Painted This #67


The art history challenge this week is to work out what all the answers are from ONLY HALF A PAINTING – and where I might have seen it in 2018.

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Who Painted This #67? – and the rest (see below)

Below you can find 

  • The details of how to participate in this art history challenge  
  • the rules of the challenge 
  • the answer to last week re. Who Painted this #66
  • the names of all the people who got most or all of the answer correct
  • who provided the best answer last week – which gives you an idea of what a good answer looks like

Your answers will be published next Sunday – before the next challenge.

How to participate in “Who painted this? #67

Tell me the story of this painting as best you can!

This is how “Who painted this?” works.

This is about using brains not technology – so please do NOT “cheat”.

Briefly, in your comment ON THIS POST you must tell me ALL or as many of the following as you can:

  • the title of the artwork
  • the name of the artist who created this artwork
  • the date it was created
  • the media used
  • where it lives now
  • how you know all this eg how did you do your search
  • anything else you can find out about the artwork and/or artist – tell its story!

The Winner of this week’s challenge is the first identifiable person (i.e. no anonymous guesses) who, in my judgement, is 

  • the first person to get to the answer by fair means 
  • AND provides the best quality answer in terms of added details about the artwork and artist

Remember also

  • no use of Google image search or Tineye to find the image allowed 
  • this is a traditional web search of images using words only plus “hit the books” time
  • I don’t publish the comments until next week’s post.

Comments on this blog post will only be published once a week – on the following Sunday.

(You wouldn’t believe how many spam comments I’m having to identify and delete each week because of this challenge!!)

Who Painted This? #66

Last week’s challenge was just that a real challenge and I enjoyed reading your answers as to who you thought it might be and how you arrived at your answer – even the wrong ones! 🙂

Some tips:

  • knowledge of art history periods and styles of painting helps a lot
  • using different browsers is always recommended
  • intelligent use of words to generate images that might be possibles is essential
  • visiting exhibitions helps 
  • hitting the books or the art history website to refine and determine is very likely!

Last week, those that excluded the word “cat” (at the back of the painting) from your searches will have been faced with too high a mountain to climb!  As it is the search query for “paintings of fish and cat” generates more than one artist. “Still Life with fish and cat” narrows it down somewhat and then it’s down to looking for similarities – or the painting!

Other paintings of the same name “Still Life with Fish and Cat” included:

I’m sympathetic to those who guessed Chardin. He’d have certainly been on my short list – however the artist predates Chardin….

I saw the painting in the National Gallery when four paintings from the Trust were loaned to the Gallery due to a redevelopment at York Art Gallery

One of the most important collections resides at York Art Gallery, which is currently closed for a major redevelopment project until 2015. During this period four paintings will be on display at the National Gallery.

Visitors to the National Gallery will be able to see Alexander Adriaenssen the Elder’s Still Life with Fish and Cat, Annibale Carracci’s Portrait of Monsignor Agucchi, William Etty’s Portrait of Mlle Rachel and Parmigianino’s Portrait of a Man with a Book. (Loans from York Art Gallery)

York Art Gallery opened in 1892. Its fine art collection has been developed through a series of purchases, gifts and bequests. The ‘Still Life with Fish and Cat‘ by Andriaenssen was part of local entrepreneur John Burton’s bequest in 1882.

Alexander Adriaenssen is not a painter whose name I knew – but his 60 or so paintings of fish and even more of other still life are splendid. 

Who guessed correct?

I think I liked Hazel Brent‘s answer best – but was also hugely entertained by the long and winding hunt of Ray Heaton who had the most complete answer and was the only person who got that I’d seen it at the National Gallery when it was on loan.

I sympathise with Loza – who like me was convinced it probably was connected to Chardin!


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