Matching Game: Words to Works

Who said it???

You’ve seen these artists express themselves with brushstroke, line, paint, and color, but have you ever heard them express themselves with words? Do these two forms of expression match up?

Play my game to see if you can match the art work to the art word!

Below you will find a list of quotes straight from the mouth of some of the masters of modern and contemporary art. Following the quotes are images of artworks by these artists in the DMA collection. They have been all mixed up, so it is up to you to pair the quote and the artist. I will reveal the answers next week in the comments section of this post.

Good luck!

  1. “The fact that one usually begins with drawing is already academic. [I] start with color.”
  2. “So I said to myself – I’ll paint what I see…but I’ll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking the time to look at it – I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers.”
  3. “On the floor I am more at ease. I feel nearer, more part of the painting, since this way I can walk around it, work from the four sides and literally be in the painting.”
  4. “I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say ‘he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.’ I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.”
  5. “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”
  6. “Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.”


Hannah Burney

McDermott Intern for Teaching Programs

1 Response to “Matching Game: Words to Works”

  1. 1 Hannah Burney October 17, 2011 at 11:59 am

    The answers revealed:

    1. f)
    Mark Rothko
    American, born Russian 1903-1970

    Orange, Red and Red, 1962
    Oil on canvas
    Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Algur H. Meadows and the Meadows Foundation, Incorporated, 1968.9

    2. b)
    Georgia O’Keeffe
    American 1887-1886

    Grey Blue & Black—Pink Circle, 1929
    Oil on canvas
    Dallas Museum of Art, gift of The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation, 1994.54

    3. a)
    Jackson Pollock
    American 1912-1956

    Cathedral, 1947
    Enamel and aluminum paint on canvas
    Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard J. Reis, 1950.87

    4. d)
    Vincent van Gogh
    Dutch 1853-1890

    Sheaves of Wheat, July 1890
    Oil on canvas
    Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection, 1985.R.80

    5. c)
    Pablo Picasso
    Spanish 1881-1973

    Bust, 1907-1908
    Oil on canvas
    Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, gift of Joshua L. Logan, Loula D. Lasker, Ruth and Nathan Cummings Art Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Marcus, Sarah Dorsey Hudson, Mrs. Alfred L. Bromberg, Henry Jacobus and an anonymous donor, by exchange, 1987.399.FA

    6. e)
    Henri Matisse
    French 1869-1954

    Untitled, n.d.
    Works on Paper-Prints
    Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts, The Alfred and Juanita Bromberg Collection, bequest of Juanita K. Bromberg, 2000.210.FA

    I hope that I didn’t leave you all on the edge of your seats for too long! I would love to hear how you did, so please leave comments!

    Have a wonderful week,

    Hannah Burney
    McDermott Education Intern for Teaching Programs and Partnerships

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