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C zanne s art inspired the next generation of artists, [#permalink]
03 Jul 2007, 02:06
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Cézanne’s art inspired the next generation of artists,
twentieth-century modernist creators of abstract art.
While most experts rank Cézanne as an early
modernist, a small few reject this idea. Françoise
Cachin, for example, bluntly states that such an
ascription is “overplayed,” and says that Cézanne’s
work is “too often observed from a modern point of
Which one of the following statements is most
strongly supported by the information above?
(A) Cézanne’s work is highly controversial.
(B) Cézanne was an early creator of abstract art.
(C) Cézanne’s work helped to develop modernism.
(D) Modern art owes less to Cézanne than many
(E) Cézanne’s work tends to be misinterpreted as
This correct answer is a paraphrase of the first sentence. The deceptiveness of this
answer lies in two areas:
1. The substitution of “develop” for “inspire.” Some students feel the word “develop” is too strong,
but if Cézanne inspired the creators of the next generation of art then he helped develop it.
2. The use of the word “modernism.” Some students are thrown off by “modernism” because they
expect to see “abstract” instead. The stimulus is careful about saying “twentieth-century
modernist creators of abstract art.” Notice how the test makers use answer choice (B)—which
mentions “abstract”—to subtly prepare you to make this error.