Art historian: More than any other genre of representational painting, still–life painting lends itself naturally to...

on November 21, 2019

Help narrowing down

I am wondering, for this one I had a lot of trouble understanding exactly what is being said. I did chose the right one but I had it narrowed down between C and D. Could you please explain why both are correct and why C can be eliminated.

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Annie on November 21, 2019

Hi @mamie,

This question is asking you to find the answer choice which is "most strongly supported" by the art historian's statements. Essentially, this means the passage provides the premises, and you're looking for the answer choice which provides A POSSIBLE conclusion. It's important to remember that "most strongly supported" does not mean that the conclusion will be required.

Answer C is incorrect. This answer choice deals with "nonrepresentational painting." However, the passage tells us nothing about non-representational painting, it only mentions representational painting.

Answer D is correct. This answer choice follows from the passage. The passage tells us that in still painting the artist gets to "choose, modify, and arrange" their subject. Then, the passage tells us that this provides the artist with more control then they'd have in landscape or portrait painting. This tells us that in landscape/portrait (other types of representational painting) the artist does not necessarily get to "choose, modify, and arrange."