Exam 3 :: Comments & Mnemonics

Feel free to post a comment, or share some of your mnemonic devices with everyone.

(I would prefer not to have all sorts of profanity in here, so please use discernment when posting.  Also, please be intentional with your comments; try not to turn this into a venue for off-topic conversation–it just makes more work to sort out what will benefit our studies.)


  1. Rusty says:

    DEWing’s work looks like tinted mist (or dew)…

  2. Rusty says:

    This is so cheesy and will out me as such a nerd, but Weird Al had a song like “My baby’s in love with Eddie Vedder” and in the Questioner of the Sphinx by Elihu Vedder it looks like the sphinx is kissing the dude’s cheek…

  3. Rusty says:

    Whistling is musical… Whistler named/renamed a lot of his work in musical terms.

  4. Rusty says:

    Ryder often has horses and riders in his work…
    (that’s not only true of him and it’s not true of all of his work, but his style is pretty distinct anyway)

  5. Heather says:

    I have another terrible mnemonic. The Gross Clinic by Eakins made people go EEK! Eek, Eakins, get it? XD

  6. Trey says:

    Vedder, the leadeer of supernatural paint, is like Vættir which is a supernatural being.

  7. Rusty says:

    The Old Whalers Church is all white and looks like it has a fever (Minard Lafever).

  8. Heather says:

    Here’s another one. If two boxers come to blows chances are it’s by Bellows. Blows Bellows… get it?

  9. Heather says:

    For Richard Morris Hunt’s work, I came up with another mnemonic, though I’m not sure if it’ll be well received.

    Hunt the Breakers and Build more/Biltmore.

    Hunt is obviously the architect/designer with his two structures (that we studied) following in the sentence.

  10. Heather says:

    Came up with another mnemonic. If you’re having trouble remembering when Mies Van Der Rohe’s buildings were made, you can think:

    “That’s Me’s (Mies) in the middle”

  11. Rusty says:

    Curry paints scenes of natural disaster… they’re scurry.
    Tornado over Kansas

  12. Rusty says:

    Marsh paints scenes with much (marsh) amounts of people in them… I could picture a mosh (marsh) pit breaking out in theses crowds…

  13. Rusty says:

    Mac Monnies’ sculptures look like people that make moneys…
    Priestess and Infant Faun looks like a girl’s reaction to having won the lottery… Triumph of Civic Virtue looks like a dude that would beat me up for my lunch monnies…

  14. Heather says:

    Albert Pinkham Ryder’s works are apparently all Late 19th century, so I suppose a good way to remember that is:

    “Ryder is always out late riding or boating”

  15. Heather says:

    Oh, and Anshutz’s guys from Steelworkers-Noontime all got off late (1880, late 19th) because they were standing around posing for the camera.

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