GMAT Question of the Day: Daily via email | Daily via Instagram New to GMAT Club? Watch this Video

 It is currently 05 Aug 2020, 16:49

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Nineteenth century painter Albert Bierstadt’s view of his artistic

Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

GMAT Club team member
Status: GMAT Club Team Member
Affiliations: GMAT Club
Joined: 02 Nov 2016
Posts: 6429
GPA: 3.62

### Show Tags

16 Nov 2019, 06:45
1
2
Question 1
00:00

based on 154 sessions

52% (02:37) correct 48% (02:36) wrong

### HideShow timer Statistics

Question 2
00:00

based on 151 sessions

64% (00:42) correct 36% (00:46) wrong

### HideShow timer Statistics

Question 3
00:00

based on 150 sessions

66% (00:58) correct 34% (01:13) wrong

### HideShow timer Statistics

New Project RC Butler 2019 - Practice 2 RC Passages Everyday
Passage # 455, Date: 16-Nov-2019
This post is a part of New Project RC Butler 2019. Click here for Details

Nineteenth century painter Albert Bierstadt’s view of his artistic skill as a vehicle for selfpromotion was evident in his choices of style and subject matter. From the debut of his career with the exhibition of Lake Lucerne (1856), he developed a fixed style that was most easily recognizable for its size—the largest of the 636 paintings on display at the exhibition, it was over three meters wide. This, coupled with the artist’s ability to represent the optimistic feeling in America during the westward expansion, is what led to Bierstadt’s explosive growth in popularity during the 1860s. Bierstadt deliberately appealed to those rich patron —railroad tycoons and financiers—whose nearest substitute to making the arduous journey out West was to purchase a hyperbolized replica of a Western vista.

But trends following the Civil War produced a drastic shift away from the adventurous optimism of the pre-war era and toward a more subdued appreciation for the details of Americanlife. In this new social context, the paintings now seemed too decadent, too gaudy, for the new philosophy taking root in the country following the horrors of war. As one commentator in 1866 put it, Bierstadt’s work “may impose upon the senses, but does not affect the heart.” In a sense then, that same American pride upon which Bierstadt had capitalized to advance his success was now, in its fickleness, the source of his downfall.

Spoiler: :: OA
B

1. According to the passage, the new philosophy taking root in America after the Civil War would be best described as

(A) justifiable pessimism
(B) somber realism
(C) restrained minimalism
(D) prideful idealism
(E) stubborn dogmatism

Spoiler: :: OA
E

2. The passage quotes the commentator (Highlighted) primarily in order to

(A) challenge a prevailing thesis
(B) point out an erroneous assertion
(C) provide expert testimony
(D) highlight a controversy
(E) offer evidence supporting a claim

Spoiler: :: OA
C

3. All of the following are mentioned as contributors to Bierstadt’s success EXCEPT

(A) the dimensions of his paintings
(B) his ability to convey auspicious feelings
(C) subdued appreciation for the details of American life
(D) catering to the preferences of the wealthy
(E) portrayals of exaggerated landscapes

_________________
Intern
Joined: 20 Oct 2018
Posts: 39

### Show Tags

17 Nov 2019, 02:45
1
Took 6 and half minute and got 3rd question incorrect.

3. All of the following are mentioned as contributors to Bierstadt’s success EXCEPT

(A) the dimensions of his paintings
(B) his ability to convey auspicious feelings
(C) subdued appreciation for the details of American life
(D) catering to the preferences of the wealthy
(E) portrayals of exaggerated landscapes

Plz help with this question. I marked E as an answer as I could not reference of option E in the first para. The last sentence & last word of the first para "Vista" does indicate something that E is mentioned but I am still not 100% sure if that is the reason.
GMAT Club team member
Status: GMAT Club Team Member
Affiliations: GMAT Club
Joined: 02 Nov 2016
Posts: 6429
GPA: 3.62

### Show Tags

17 Nov 2019, 22:17
Took 6 and half minute and got 3rd question incorrect.

3. All of the following are mentioned as contributors to Bierstadt’s success EXCEPT

(A) the dimensions of his paintings
(B) his ability to convey auspicious feelings
(C) subdued appreciation for the details of American life
(D) catering to the preferences of the wealthy
(E) portrayals of exaggerated landscapes

Plz help with this question. I marked E as an answer as I could not reference of option E in the first para. The last sentence & last word of the first para "Vista" does indicate something that E is mentioned but I am still not 100% sure if that is the reason.

Official Explanation

3. All of the following are mentioned as contributors to Bierstadt’s success EXCEPT

Explanation

The author argues in the first paragraph that Bierstadt “developed a fixed style that was most easily recognizable for its size,” (A), that he had an “ability to represent the optimistic feeling in America,” (B), that he “deliberately appealed to those rich patrons,” (D), and that patrons could purchase a “hyperbolized replica of a Western vista,” (E).

The increasing attention to “subdued appreciation for the details of American life” is mentioned in the second paragraph as a trend that worked against Bierstadt. Therefore, choice (C) is the correct answer to this Except question.

Hope it helps
_________________
Intern
Joined: 06 Aug 2019
Posts: 3

### Show Tags

18 Nov 2019, 20:12
can you explain the answer for question 2 as well
GMAT Club team member
Status: GMAT Club Team Member
Affiliations: GMAT Club
Joined: 02 Nov 2016
Posts: 6429
GPA: 3.62

### Show Tags

18 Nov 2019, 22:53
navaneethan123 wrote:
can you explain the answer for question 2 as well

Official Explanation

2. The passage quotes the commentator (Highlighted) primarily in order to

Difficulty Level: 650

A central thesis of the passage is that the same elements that initially made Bierstadt’s work popular eventually contributed to its downfall. These elements were, in short, an emphasis on size and quantity rather than emotionality. The quoted phrase is a criticism of his work to this effect, providing a specific example of the opinion of the time. This supports choice (E).

Choice (C) may be tempting, but this phrase may or may not be the opinion of an expert, plus to “provide expert testimony” is not the best description for the purpose of the phrase.

Hope it helps
_________________
Nineteenth century painter Albert Bierstadt’s view of his artistic   [#permalink] 18 Nov 2019, 22:53