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The pictures in this quiz have been sold between 1987 and the end of 2015, mostly at auctions. Sale prices prior to 2012 have been adjusted to 2012 levels, but later sales have not been changed.
For 2015 the sales threshold was raised to $4M. Some artists (in particular Picasso, Warhol, Monet, Basqiat) feature in auctions much more frequently than others, and there is a danger that this will distort the quiz. In an attempt to to counter this distortion, the threshold for these artists' works was raised to $15M.
Ten pictures are chosen at random. You have to select the artist for each picture.
The check answers button will show whether your selection was correct or not; the percentage score is shown for your amusement(!)
To see the correct answers, click the show correct answers button.
Click on the thumbnail image to see it enlarged, along with some details that might be helpful. Also on this popup panel is a link to the our Timeline, showing the artists who were alive when the picture in question was created.
The Selection Panel
The aim is to make the quiz easier by letting you choose the type of picture to be tested on.
Each picture has been assigned to a 'category'. Although the categories are self-explanatory, it should be remembered that the assignment is subjective and the webMaster's idea might not be the same as yours.
You can also choose the period (in centuries) when the pictures were created.
You can see a list of the artists that meet the selection criteria by clicking on the link in the selection panel. Each artist has a link to the appropriate Wikipedia page for more information.
You can exclude artists from the quiz. The 'exclude list' is saved as a cookie on your computer so that it is there next time you visit the page.
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