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Though formerly considered ill-formed and primitive Henri Rousseau

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Though formerly considered ill-formed and primitive, Henri Rousseau has become an iconic figure of Post-Impressionism for his dream-like canvases painted like he was naive.


A) Henri Rousseau has become an iconic figure of Post-Impressionism for his dream-like canvases painted like he was naive.

B) Henri Rousseau's canvases, painted in a naive, dream-like style, later established the artist as an icon of Post-Impressionism.

C) Henri Rousseau painted canvases in a naive, dream-like style that has become an icon of Post-Impressionism.

D) Henri Rousseau's canvases were painted in a naive, dream-like style that was later iconic of Post-Impressionism.

E) the canvases of Henri Rousseau are icons of Post-Impressionism due to being painted in a naive, dream-like style.

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Though formerly considered ill-formed and primitive, Henri Rousseau has become an iconic figure of Post-Impressionism for his dream-like canvases painted like he was naive.


So, Henri, whose paintings had been regarded as unattractive, later became so popular, that his artworks turned Henri into an icon of Post-Impressionism.



A) Henri Rousseau has become an iconic figure of Post-Impressionism for his dream-like canvases painted like he was naive. ( modifier error, ill-formed and primitive were artis`s works and artist)

B) Henri Rousseau's canvases, painted in a naive, dream-like style, later established the artist as an icon of Post-Impressionism. ( this looks fine fine )

C) Henri Rousseau painted canvases in a naive, dream-like style that has become an icon of Post-Impressionism. ( modifier error as in A)

D) Henri Rousseau's canvases were painted in a naive, dream-like style that was later iconic of Post-Impressionism. ( SV agreement error + change of meaning. Henri Rousseau painted, and not his paintings were painted)


E) the canvases of Henri Rousseau are icons of Post-Impressionism due to being painted in a naive, dream-like style. ( this one changes the meaning. cause Henri is an icon, and not his works)

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Though formerly considered ill-formed and primitive, Henri Rousseau has become an iconic figure of Post-Impressionism for his dream-like canvases painted like he was naive.


A) Henri Rousseau has become an iconic figure of Post-Impressionism for his dream-like canvases painted like he was naive.

B) Henri Rousseau's canvases, painted in a naive, dream-like style, later established the artist as an icon of Post-Impressionism.

C) Henri Rousseau painted canvases in a naive, dream-like style that has become an icon of Post-Impressionism.

D) Henri Rousseau's canvases were painted in a naive, dream-like style that was later iconic of Post-Impressionism.

E) the canvases of Henri Rousseau are icons of Post-Impressionism due to being painted in a naive, dream-like style.

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In simple terms, the intended meaning of the sentence is Rousseau's canvases established him as an icon.
It is not the artist that was considered aesthetically primitive - therefore, A and C are wrong.
The original sentence says that Rousseau became an iconic figure. Rousseau is the icon.
D says the "style" was iconic. E says that the "canvases... are icons." C also says that the style was an icon.
Only B maintains A's original meaning here: Rousseau is the icon.
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Though formerly considered ill-formed and primitive, Henri Rousseau has become an iconic figure of Post-Impressionism for his dream-like canvases painted like he was naive.


A) Henri Rousseau has become an iconic figure of Post-Impressionism for his dream-like canvases painted like he was naive.
B) Henri Rousseau's canvases, painted in a naive, dream-like style, later established the artist as an icon of Post-Impressionism.
C) Henri Rousseau painted canvases in a naive, dream-like style that has become an icon of Post-Impressionism.
D) Henri Rousseau's canvases were painted in a naive, dream-like style that was later iconic of Post-Impressionism.
E) the canvases of Henri Rousseau are icons of Post-Impressionism due to being painted in a naive, dream-like style.


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• (A) The sentence begins with a modifier ("though formerly considered ill-formed and primitive") that logically addresses Rousseau's art,
rather than Rousseau himself, as (A) states.

Moreover, the use of "like" in the phrase "painted like he was naive" is incorrect . . .

• (B) CORRECT. Henri Rousseau's canvasses are correctly placed as the subject of the opening modifier.
Additionally, "naive" functions as an adjective describing "style" thereby replacing the incorrect phrase "like he was naive."

• (C) This choice incorrectly places Henri Rousseau (instead of his paintings) as the subject of the opening modifier "though considered aesthetically primitive . . ."
Additionally, the phrase "style that has become an icon of Post-Impressionism" is incorrect. Rousseau, not his style, later became an icon.

• (D) The phrase "style that was later iconic of Post-Impressionism" is both awkward ("iconic of") and incorrect. Rousseau, not his style, later became an icon.

• (E) The subject "the canvases of Henri Rousseau are icons of Post-Impressionism " is incorrect. Rousseau, not his style, later became an icon.
Moreover, this choice incorrectly uses "due to" where "because of" would be needed.
"Due to" functions as an adjectival phrase and is used to modify a noun (e.g., His failure was due to his laziness).
"Because of" functions as an adverbial phrase and is used to modify a verb or verb phrase (e.g., He failed because of his laziness).

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I can't improve that explanation.

I appreciate the discipline evident in both answers; people who read this thread at any time will understand the analysis
because the errors are explained, and the meaning of the sentence is noted.
dave13 and Prateekj05 , inn both cases, I really like the conversational tone used to describe the meaning.

dave13 , a couple of small notes:
1) the paintings made him famous; Rousseau did not make the paintings famous
2) read (D) again. I think your eyes transposed a couple of words. There is no S/V error

Prateekj05 , one note: Option (A) does not establish intended meaning.
In this question, the meaning in option A in this case is nonsensical.
Take a look at this post.
It is but one of many examples of experts who say that "there is nothing special about option A" [paraphrase of the two people cited] here: Ron Purewal is HERE, GMATNinja is HERE , and others .
I address your comment only because that belief is widespread.

Thanks, both of you, for excellent answers, as usual. Kudos to both.
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A) Henri Rousseau has become an iconic figure of Post-Impressionism for his dream-like canvases painted like he was naive.

B) Henri Rousseau's canvases, painted in a naive, dream-like style, later established the artist as an icon of Post-Impressionism.

C) Henri Rousseau painted canvases in a naive, dream-like style that has become an icon of Post-Impressionism.

D) Henri Rousseau's canvases were painted in a naive, dream-like style that was later iconic of Post-Impressionism.

E) the canvases of Henri Rousseau are icons of Post-Impressionism due to being painted in a naive, dream-like style.
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