Do You Know About Jackson Pollock (1912-1956)?

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What do You Know About Jackson Pollock (1912-1956)?


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  • 1. 

    In 1956, "Time" magazine called Jackson Pollock "Jack" the what?

    • A.

      Ripper

    • B.

      Drinker

    • C.

      Dripper

    • D.

      Rapper

    Correct Answer
    C. Dripper
    Explanation
    In 1956, "Time" magazine referred to Jackson Pollock as "Jack the Dripper." This nickname was given to Pollock because of his unique painting style, known as "drip painting," where he would pour or drip paint onto the canvas. The term "dripper" is a play on words, combining Pollock's name with his distinctive technique.

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  • 2. 

    Jackson Pollock's works did not show actual objects as they appeared, meaning they were what?

    • A.

      Abstract

    • B.

      Colorful

    • C.

      Large

    • D.

      Realistic

    Correct Answer
    A. Abstract
    Explanation
    Jackson Pollock's works did not show actual objects as they appeared, meaning they were abstract. Abstract art is characterized by the use of shapes, colors, forms, and gestural marks to achieve its effect, rather than depicting recognizable objects or scenes. Pollock's unique style involved dripping and pouring paint onto the canvas, creating chaotic and spontaneous patterns that allowed viewers to interpret the artwork in their own way. His works were not meant to represent the physical world, but rather to evoke emotions and engage the viewer's imagination.

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  • 3. 

    1947 was the first time that Jackson Pollock is known to have used what painting technique?

    • A.

      Melted-Crayon Stamping

    • B.

      Foot Painting

    • C.

      Paint Dripping

    • D.

      Sleep Painting

    Correct Answer
    C. Paint Dripping
    Explanation
    In 1947, Jackson Pollock is known to have used the painting technique of paint dripping. This technique involves dripping or pouring paint onto a canvas, allowing it to flow and create random patterns. Pollock became famous for his unique style of abstract expressionism, which involved his unconventional methods of applying paint. Paint dripping allowed him to create dynamic and energetic compositions, as the paint would form lines and splatters on the canvas. This technique became a signature element of Pollock's work and had a significant impact on the development of modern art.

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  • 4. 

    Jackson Pollock did not use brushes on his canvases, preferring to use what?

    • A.

      Crayons

    • B.

      Sticks

    • C.

      Scissors

    • D.

      Pens

    Correct Answer
    B. Sticks
    Explanation
    Jackson Pollock did not use brushes on his canvases, preferring to use sticks. This technique allowed him to create his signature style of abstract expressionism, known as "drip painting." By dripping and splattering paint onto the canvas using sticks, Pollock was able to achieve a more spontaneous and gestural effect. This method allowed him to explore the physicality and energy of the paint, resulting in dynamic and chaotic compositions.

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  • 5. 

    A critic once said to Jackson Pollock that his work had no beginning and no what?

    • A.

      End

    • B.

      Start

    • C.

      Edge

    • D.

      Shape

    Correct Answer
    A. End
    Explanation
    The critic once said to Jackson Pollock that his work had no beginning and no end. This suggests that the critic believed Pollock's artwork lacked a clear sense of completion or conclusion. The critic may have felt that Pollock's abstract expressionist style, characterized by spontaneous and energetic brushstrokes, did not adhere to traditional artistic conventions of composition and structure. By stating that Pollock's work had no end, the critic was implying that it lacked a defined boundary or resolution, leaving the viewer with a sense of ambiguity or open-endedness.

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  • 6. 

    During the Great Depression, Jackson Pollock made money painting easels for whom?

    • A.

      The US Government

    • B.

      The Pope

    • C.

      No One

    • D.

      His Son

    Correct Answer
    A. The US Government
    Explanation
    During the Great Depression, Jackson Pollock made money painting easels for the US Government. This was a common practice during that time, as the government employed artists to create public art and promote cultural initiatives as part of the New Deal programs. Pollock was one of the many artists who benefited from this government support, allowing him to earn income during a difficult economic period.

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  • 7. 

    The most Jackson Pollock ever sold a painting for while alive was how much?

    • A.

      10

    • B.

      $1 Million

    • C.

      10000

    • D.

      1

    Correct Answer
    C. 10000
    Explanation
    Jackson Pollock's most expensive painting sold while he was alive was for $10,000.

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  • 8. 

    What substances did Jackson Pollock sometimes mix with paint to add texture?

    • A.

      Coffee And Tea

    • B.

      Eggs And Bacon

    • C.

      Glass And Sand

    • D.

      Water And Soap

    Correct Answer
    C. Glass And Sand
    Explanation
    Jackson Pollock sometimes mixed glass and sand with paint to add texture. This technique, known as "collage," allowed him to create a three-dimensional effect on his paintings by incorporating different materials into the paint. The glass and sand would create a rough and gritty texture, adding depth and interest to his artwork.

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  • 9. 

    What was the title Jackson Pollock gave to his first painted mural?

    • A.

      Mural

    • B.

      Art

    • C.

      Jack's Son

    • D.

      Painting

    Correct Answer
    A. Mural
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Mural" because Jackson Pollock titled his first painted mural as "Mural." This title accurately describes the artwork as a large-scale painting that covers a wall or a significant area. It signifies Pollock's focus on creating expansive and immersive artworks that challenge traditional artistic boundaries.

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  • 10. 

    In what way did Jackson Pollock not apply paint to his Action Painting canvases?

    • A.

      Pouring

    • B.

      Splashing

    • C.

      Brushing

    • D.

      Dripping

    Correct Answer
    C. Brushing
    Explanation
    Jackson Pollock did not apply paint to his Action Painting canvases by brushing it. Instead, he used techniques such as pouring, splashing, and dripping to create his abstract and expressive artworks. Brushing involves using a brush to apply paint in a controlled manner, which is not characteristic of Pollock's spontaneous and energetic style.

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  • 11. 

    What are the main colors used in Jackson Pollock's "Lavender Mist"?

    • A.

      Brown, Green And Orange

    • B.

      Pink, Yellow, And Silver

    • C.

      Red, Yellow And Blue

    • D.

      Purple, Black And White

    Correct Answer
    D. Purple, Black And White
    Explanation
    The main colors used in Jackson Pollock's "Lavender Mist" are purple, black, and white. This can be inferred from the name of the painting, as well as the fact that lavender is a shade of purple. The use of black and white is also common in Pollock's abstract expressionist style, where he often used these colors to create contrast and texture in his paintings.

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  • 12. 

    If a painting was going badly, Jackson Pollock did not mind doing what to it?

    • A.

      Hating It

    • B.

      Sticking With It

    • C.

      Giving It Away

    • D.

      Starting Over

    Correct Answer
    D. Starting Over
    Explanation
    If a painting was going badly, Jackson Pollock did not mind starting over. This suggests that he was not afraid to abandon his current work and begin afresh if he was not satisfied with the direction it was going. This willingness to start over indicates his commitment to achieving his artistic vision and his dedication to creating a piece that met his own standards of excellence.

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  • 13. 

    Who was Jackson Pollock's first painting teacher?

    • A.

      Thomas Hart Benton

    • B.

      Edward Hopper

    • C.

      Lee Krasner

    • D.

      Hans Hoffman

    Correct Answer
    A. Thomas Hart Benton
    Explanation
    Jackson Pollock's first painting teacher was Thomas Hart Benton.

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  • 14. 

    Jackson Pollock's huge painting "Convergence" is 8 feet tall and how many feet wide?

    • A.

      Thirteen

    • B.

      Two

    • C.

      Fifty

    • D.

      A Hundred

    Correct Answer
    A. Thirteen
    Explanation
    The question asks for the width of Jackson Pollock's painting "Convergence," which is stated to be 8 feet tall. The correct answer, thirteen, implies that the painting is not a square but rather has a width that is greater than its height.

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  • 15. 

    Because it let him feel like he was "in the painting" where did Jackson Pollock paint?

    • A.

      Outside

    • B.

      On The Floor

    • C.

      On The Ceiling

    • D.

      In Bed

    Correct Answer
    B. On The Floor
    Explanation
    Jackson Pollock painted on the floor because it allowed him to have a more immersive experience with his artwork. By working on a horizontal surface, he could move around the canvas and apply paint from various angles, dripping and pouring it onto the surface. This technique, known as "drip painting," allowed Pollock to create his signature style of abstract expressionism. Painting on the floor also gave him more freedom of movement and enabled him to fully engage with the artwork, feeling like he was a part of it.

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