The Bad Eggs of Art
1, 2, 3, 4, There are four unnamed ‘bad eggs’ in the verse above. Who are they?
5, A famous jazz composer died as a result of the celebrations for his hundredth birthday. Who was he?
6, 7, 8, There are at least three centenarians connected with the American musical. Can you name a composer/lyricist, a lyricist and a producer/director who lived to be over 100?
9, Goya’s first portrait of the Duke of Wellington had been started as a portrait of someone else. Who was the original sitter?
10, 11, 12, In a critical essay, Craig Raine collected phrases of three authors who compared a woman’s bottom to a valentine-style heart.Who are these three authors?
13, A composition described in 1934 as ‘still the most sensational essay in modern music from the point of view of pure strangeness of sound’ and which might well be so described today, was one hundred years old this year. Can you name the piece?
14, Robert Hughes, the Australian writer who was at one time the art critic of Time Magazine, was surprised when an up-and-coming composer arrived to fit his dishwasher. Who was the part-time plumber?
15, Which French painter won the country’s lottery?
16,17, Two French composers met their deaths as a result of unusual accidents. Who died from a stab wound self-inflicted while conducting and who was crushed by a bookcase?
18, The works of which painter were collected by both Rembrandt and Rubens?
19, A European classical composer died when a German U-boat torpedoed the ship in which he was returning from America. Who was this unfortunate musician?
20. Which painter changed a painting to suit a dictator, had other painters imprisoned and signed death sentences?
I am offering a small print, Thinking, Reading, Writing (11 x 13 cm, pictured above) for the first correct, or the most correct entry. Follow the link to my website where you will find my email address and send answers numbered 1-20 by 1st February. I will post the answers shortly after that date.