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In 1886, the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh began to exhibit simple, elegant lines and vivid colors. Art historians explain this change as the incorporation of another culture's artistic tradition and argue on this basis that Van Gogh became interested in Japanese art at this time.

Each of the following, if true, provides some support for the art historians' account described above EXCEPT:


A. Black contours typical of Japanese Yamato-e paintings appear in Van Gogh's work from 1886 on but at no earlier time.
B. Van Gogh's notebooks dating from the inception of his art career until 1885 contain hundreds of sketches for paintings, none of which exhibit the style distinctive to Japanese artwork.
C. A thriving market for Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints existed in Paris, where Van Gogh settled in early 1886.
D. Bridge in the Rain, which Van Gogh painted in 1885, exhibited striking similarities to Sudden Rain at Ohashi Bridge by Japanese print master Hiroshige.
E. Some of Van Gogh's sketches were drawn using a reed shaped into a quill, a traditional Japanese instrument Van Gogh began to use in 1886.
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In 1886, the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh began to exhibit simple, elegant lines and vivid colors. Art historians explain this change as the incorporation of another culture's artistic tradition and argue on this basis that Van Gogh became interested in Japanese art at this time.

Each of the following, if true, provides some support for the art historians' account described above EXCEPT:


A. Black contours typical of Japanese Yamato-e paintings appear in Van Gogh's work from 1886 on but at no earlier time.
B. Van Gogh's notebooks dating from the inception of his art career until 1885 contain hundreds of sketches for paintings, none of which exhibit the style distinctive to Japanese artwork.
C. A thriving market for Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints existed in Paris, where Van Gogh settled in early 1886.
D. Bridge in the Rain, which Van Gogh painted in 1885, exhibited striking similarities to Sudden Rain at Ohashi Bridge by Japanese print master Hiroshige.
E. Some of Van Gogh's sketches were drawn using a reed shaped into a quill, a traditional Japanese instrument Van Gogh began to use in 1886.


Art historians conclude that Vincent Van Gogh must have become interested in Japanese art in 1886, based on evidence that Van Gogh's painting style changed in a way in that year that reflected the "incorporation of another culture's artistic tradition."

The four wrong answer choices will provide some support for, or strengthen, the art historians' conclusion that Van Gogh became interested in Japanese art in 1886. The correct answer will either have no effect on the conclusion or weaken it; in other words, it will be an irrelevant piece of information or one that makes it LESS LIKELY that Van Gogh became interested in Japanese art in 1886.

Choice D is correct. If Van Gogh painted copy of a Japanese print in 1885, he must have become interested in Japanese art prior to 1886. This choice fundamentally contradicts the art historians' conclusion.

Choice A: That a typical feature of Japanese paintings appeared in Van Gogh's work in 1886, but at no earlier time, supports the conclusion that Van Gogh became interested in Japanese art in 1886.

Choice B: If Van Gogh had been interested in Japanese art prior to 1886, then it is very likely that at least some of the hundreds of sketches he drew between the start of his art career and 1885 would have been reminiscent of Japanese work. Since this is not the case, the art historians' conclusion seems justified.

Choice C: The fact that Paris was home to a unique market for a type of Japanese print supports the idea that Van Gogh became interested in Japanese art when he settled in Paris in 1886.

Choice E: Using a traditional Japanese instrument to create art as of 1886 suggests that Van Gogh became interested in Japanese art at that time.


Answer: D
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In 1886, the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh began to exhibit simple, elegant lines and vivid colors. Art historians explain this change as the incorporation of another culture's artistic tradition and argue on this basis that Van Gogh became interested in Japanese art at this time.

Each of the following, if true, provides some support for the art historians' account described above EXCEPT:


A. Black contours typical of Japanese Yamato-e paintings appear in Van Gogh's work from 1886 on but at no earlier time.
B. Van Gogh's notebooks dating from the inception of his art career until 1885 contain hundreds of sketches for paintings, none of which exhibit the style distinctive to Japanese artwork.
C. A thriving market for Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints existed in Paris, where Van Gogh settled in early 1886.
D. Bridge in the Rain, which Van Gogh painted in 1885, exhibited striking similarities to Sudden Rain at Ohashi Bridge by Japanese print master Hiroshige.
E. Some of Van Gogh's sketches were drawn using a reed shaped into a quill, a traditional Japanese instrument Van Gogh began to use in 1886.


Art historians conclude that Vincent Van Gogh must have become interested in Japanese art in 1886, based on evidence that Van Gogh's painting style changed in a way in that year that reflected the "incorporation of another culture's artistic tradition."

The four wrong answer choices will provide some support for, or strengthen, the art historians' conclusion that Van Gogh became interested in Japanese art in 1886. The correct answer will either have no effect on the conclusion or weaken it; in other words, it will be an irrelevant piece of information or one that makes it LESS LIKELY that Van Gogh became interested in Japanese art in 1886.

Choice D is correct. If Van Gogh painted copy of a Japanese print in 1885, he must have become interested in Japanese art prior to 1886. This choice fundamentally contradicts the art historians' conclusion.

Choice A: That a typical feature of Japanese paintings appeared in Van Gogh's work in 1886, but at no earlier time, supports the conclusion that Van Gogh became interested in Japanese art in 1886.

Choice B: If Van Gogh had been interested in Japanese art prior to 1886, then it is very likely that at least some of the hundreds of sketches he drew between the start of his art career and 1885 would have been reminiscent of Japanese work. Since this is not the case, the art historians' conclusion seems justified.

Choice C: The fact that Paris was home to a unique market for a type of Japanese print supports the idea that Van Gogh became interested in Japanese art when he settled in Paris in 1886.

Choice E: Using a traditional Japanese instrument to create art as of 1886 suggests that Van Gogh became interested in Japanese art at that time.


Answer: D





Please help me with option B

The part in option B, in which it says "none of which exhibit the style distinctive to Japanese artwork". It should mean that the artworks were somehow similar to or had features similar to Japanese artwork.
So even option B can be the answer.

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