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Nineteenth century painter Albert Bierstadt’s view of his artistic

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Passage # 455, Date: 16-Nov-2019
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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.

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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


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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


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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


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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.
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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.


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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.

Answer: C


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can you explain the answer for question 2 as well
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can you explain the answer for question 2 as well


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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.

Answer: E


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