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OG_VPR # 21 The painter Peter Brandon never dated his works,

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OG_VPR # 21 The painter Peter Brandon never dated his works, [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2016, 07:55
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The painter Peter Brandon never dated his works, and their chronology is only now beginning to take shape in the critical literature. A recent dating of a Brandon self-portrait to 1930 is surely wrong. Brandon was 63 years old in 1930, yet the painting shows a young, dark-haired man—obviously Brandon, but clearly not a man of 63.

Which of the following, if justifiably assumed, allows the conclusion to be properly drawn?

A) There is no securely dated self-portrait of Brandon that he painted when he was significantly younger than 63.

B) In refraining from dating his works, Brandon intended to steer critical discussion of them away from considerations of chronology.

C) Until recently, there was very little critical literature on the works of Brandon.

D) Brandon at age 63 would not have portrayed himself in a painting as he had looked when he was a young man.

E) Brandon painted several self-portraits that showed him as a man past the age of 60.


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Re: OG_VPR # 21 The painter Peter Brandon never dated his works, [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2016, 07:56
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The passage concludes that the self-portrait must be improperly dated and cites as proof the discrepancy between Brandon’s actual age (63) in 1930 and his youthful appearance in the painting. The assumption is that a self-portrait depicts the artist’s current appearance; therefore, Choice D is the correct answer. Since the argument does not depend on the existence or absence of other self-portraits, Choices A and E are incorrect. The argument also does not depend upon Brandon’s motivations for not dating his works or upon the lack of critical literature about his work, so Choices B and C are incorrect.
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Re: OG_VPR # 21 The painter Peter Brandon never dated his works, [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2018, 10:24
D was my second choice.

I picked A.

(A) There is no securely dated self-portrait of Brandon that he painted when he was significantly younger than 63.


My thinking was: if there's not securely dated painting, how can you reasonably say that the painting is of PB when he was 63?

I decided not to pick D because I thought, saying what PB would have done, or would NOT have done, is too iffy and not something that can be confirmed.
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Re: OG_VPR # 21 The painter Peter Brandon never dated his works, [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2018, 10:33
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The question is a bit tricky.

However,

A) There is no securely dated self-portrait of Brandon that he painted when he was significantly younger than 63.

This is too extreme as a statement. Moreover, probably it is not completely true.

A recent dating of a Brandon self-portrait to 1930 is surely wrong.

which means we could date his painting is somehow. Maybe yes, maybe no. So from this, you can not infer A 100%

So it is wrong.

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