Saturday, July 20, 2019

The Ladder of Art -- Week #34


Cast your votes for up to four of these seven artists by Friday July 26.  For clarifications, consult the Ladder of Art FAQ.


In Week #33 we saw Gerard von Honthorst shake things up by earning the bye week.  This sets up a tough tough challenge for Week #34's three 20th century new entrants, who have to face a tough group of veterans who are all already on the all-time top ten list of Ladder of Art winners.  But maybe this is the week that some of them finally get knocked off!  Let's find out.


Last Week's Results





This Week's Contest




Stuart Davis
1894 - 1964
American

Tournament Record: Tied for 417th. Lost to Jacques-Louis David and Gerard David. 7 votes for, 15 votes against (.318).





Gilbert and George
born 1942 and 1943
British

Tournament Record: Tied for 417th. Lost to Harold Gilman and Giambologna. 7 votes for, 15 votes against (.318).





Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
1884 - 1976
German

Tournament Record: Tied for 420th. Lost to Julian Schnabel and Christian Schad. 6 votes for, 13 votes against (.316).





William Merritt Chase
1849 - 1916
American

Tournament Record: Tied for 439th. Beaten by Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin and Christo. 6 votes for, 14 votes against (.300).
  • Placed Second, Week #26.
  • Tied for First, Week #27.
  • Placed First, Week #29.
  • Placed First, Week #31.
  • Tied for Second, Week #33.





Canaletto
1697 - 1768
Italian (Venetian); also worked in England

Tournament Record: Placed 448th. Beat Robert Campin, then lost to Caravaggio and Alexander Calder. 7 votes for, 17 votes against (.292).
  • Placed First in Week #24. 
  • Placed First again in Week #26. 
  • Placed First again in Week #28. 
  • And again in Week #30. 
  • And again in Week #32.






Willem Kalf
1622 - 1693
Dutch

Tournament Record: Tied for 454th. Lost to Wassily Kandinsky and Richard Parkes Bonington. 7 votes for, 18 votes against (.280).
  • Tied for First in Week #22.
  • Placed Second in Week #24.
  • Tied for Third in Week #25.
  • Placed Fourth in Week #26
  • Placed Third in Week #27.
  • Placed Second in Week #28. 
  • Tied for Second in Week #29.
  • Placed Fourth in Week #30. 
  • Placed Fourth in Week #31.
  • Placed Fourth in Week #32. 
  • Placed Fourth in Week #33.





Charles-François Daubigny
1817 - 1878
French

Tournament Record: Placed 505th.  Lost to Salvador Dali and Aelbert Cuyp. 4 votes for, 26 votes against (.133).
  • Finished First in Ladder Week #2.
  • Finished First again in Week #4.
  • ...and again in Week #6.
  • ...and in Week #8.
  • ...and in Week #10. 
  • ...and in Week #12. 
  • ...and in Week #14. 
  • ...and in Week #16.
  • ...and in Week #18. 
  • ...and in Week #20. 
  • Tied for First, Week #22. 
  • Placed Third in Week #24. 
  • Tied for First, Week #25.
  • Tied for First, Week #27. 
  • Tied for Second, Week #29. 
  • Placed Second, Week #30. 
  • Placed Second again, Week #31.
  • And again, Week #32. 
  • Tied for Second, Week #33.





Cast up to four votes in the comments by Friday morning!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Infinite Art Tournament Penultimate Match: van Gogh v. Sargent



Vincent van Gogh and John Singer Sargent were both painters, were roughly the same age, and have two more things in common: they are both resented by Jan Vermeer, whose two losses came at their hands, and they both resent provisional champion Pete Brughel the Elder, who handed each of them their single defeats.

This is the 1089th match of the Infinite Art Tournament, and also the second-to-last.  The winner clinches the silver and earns a rematch against Provisional Pieter for one last shot at the GOAT!!!


Vincent van Gogh
1853 - 1890
Dutch; worked in France
Over the course of his decade-long career (1880–90), he produced nearly 900 paintings and more than 1,100 works on paper. Ironically, in 1890, he modestly assessed his artistic legacy as of “very secondary” importance.... By the outbreak of World War I, with the discovery of his genius by the Fauves and German Expressionists, Vincent van Gogh had already come to be regarded as a vanguard figure in the history of modern art.
- The Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History











John Singer Sargent
1856 - 1925
American
Although Sargent painted, showed, and won praise for both portraits and subject pictures at the Salons between 1877 and 1882, commissions for portraits increasingly demanded his attention and defined his reputation. Sargent’s best-known portrait, Madame X, which he undertook without a commission, enlisted a palette and brushwork derived from Velázquez; a profile view that recalls Titian; and an unmodulated treatment of the face and figure inspired by the style of Édouard Manet and Japanese prints. The picture’s novelty and quality notwithstanding, it was a succès de scandale in the 1884 Salon, provoking criticism for Sargent’s indifference to conventions of pose, modeling, and treatment of space, even twenty years after Manet’s pioneering efforts.
- The Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
  • Beat Juan Sánchez Cotán easily despite crowd support in Round 1.
  • Skunked Roelandt Savery in Round 2.
  • Skunked Dutch still-life master Rachel Ruysch in Round 3.
  • Crushed Henri Rousseau in Round 4 by a two-vote swing.
  • Encountered some resistance, but prevailed, against Rembrandt in Round 5.
  • Scorched Charles Sheeler in Round 6.
  • Beat Vermeer in Round 7
  • Beat Leonardo da Vinci in Round 8
  • Lost to Brughel in Round 9.









The Ladder of Art -- Week #33


Cast your votes for up to four of these seven artists by Friday July 19.  For clarifications, consult the Ladder of Art FAQ.


Week #32 was a lot like Week #31, and the debut artists all fell right off the ladder without getting any traction as all.  Will Week #33 be the same-old-same-old, or will there be a dramatic break in the pattern?


Last Week's Results




This Week's Contest




Hiram Powers
1805 - 1873
American

Tournament Record: Tied for 420th. Lost to Nicolas Poussin and Jacopo Della Quercia. 6 votes for, 13 votes against (.316).







Johann Friedrich Overbeck
1789 - 1869
German

Tournament Record: Tied for 420th. Lost to Palma Vecchio and Parmigianino. 6 votes for, 13 votes against (.316).







Gerrit van Honthorst
1590 - 1656
Dutch

Tournament Record: Placed 423rd. Lost to Pieter De Hooch, beat Hans Holbein, then lost to Hokusai. 11 votes for, 24 votes against (.314).






Carl Andre
b. 1935
American

Tournament Record: Placed 428th. Beat Jacobo Amigoni, but then lost to Albrecht Altdorfer and Albers. 12 votes for, 27 votes against (.308).
  • Placed 3rd in Week #31. 
  • Placed 3rd in Week #32.






William Merritt Chase
1849 - 1916
American

Tournament Record: Tied for 439th. Beaten by Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin and Christo. 6 votes for, 14 votes against (.300).
  • Placed Second, Week #26.
  • Tied for First, Week #27.
  • Placed First, Week #29.
  • Placed First, Week #31.





Willem Kalf
1622 - 1693
Dutch

Tournament Record: Tied for 454th. Lost to Wassily Kandinsky and Richard Parkes Bonington. 7 votes for, 18 votes against (.280).
  • Tied for First in Week #22.
  • Placed Second in Week #24.
  • Tied for Third in Week #25.
  • Placed Fourth in Week #26
  • Placed Third in Week #27.
  • Placed Second in Week #28. 
  • Tied for Second in Week #29.
  • Placed Fourth in Week #30. 
  • Placed Fourth in Week #31.
  • Placed Fourth in Week #32.






Charles-François Daubigny
1817 - 1878
French

Tournament Record: Placed 505th.  Lost to Salvador Dali and Aelbert Cuyp. 4 votes for, 26 votes against (.133).
  • Finished First in Ladder Week #2.
  • Finished First again in Week #4.
  • ...and again in Week #6.
  • ...and in Week #8.
  • ...and in Week #10. 
  • ...and in Week #12. 
  • ...and in Week #14. 
  • ...and in Week #16.
  • ...and in Week #18. 
  • ...and in Week #20. 
  • Tied for First, Week #22. 
  • Placed Third in Week #24. 
  • Tied for First, Week #25.
  • Tied for First, Week #27. 
  • Tied for Second, Week #29. 
  • Placed Second, Week #30. 
  • Placed Second again, Week #31.
  • And again, Week #32.





Cast up to four votes in the comments by Friday morning!

Saturday, July 6, 2019

The Ladder of Art -- Week #32


Cast your votes for up to four of these seven artists by Friday July 12.  For clarifications, consult the Ladder of Art FAQ.


Froment falls at the second hurdle, Andre takes his spot, and Kalf continues to hang tough.  Is it Chase week or Canaletto week?  And what do we think of the new kids? 


Last Week's Results



This Week's Contest




William Dobson
1610 - 1646
English

Tournament Record: Placed 424th. Tied with Theo Van Doesburg, then lost to Tim Ely and Malevich. 11 votes for, 24 votes against (.314).






Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
1696 - 1770
Venetian

Tournament Record: Placed 425th. Lost to Jean Tinguely, tied Wayne Thiebaud, and lost to Johann Zoffany. 10 votes for, 22 votes against (.313).






Jean-Paul Riopelle
1923 - 2002
Canadian

Tournament Record: Placed 426th. Tied with Bridget Riley, then lost to Adriaen van Ostade and Stella. 9 votes for, 20 votes against (.310).






Carl Andre
b. 1935
American

Tournament Record: Placed 428th. Beat Jacobo Amigoni, but then lost to Albrecht Altdorfer and Albers. 12 votes for, 27 votes against (.308).
  • Placed 3rd in Week #31.





Canaletto
1697 - 1768
Italian (Venetian); also worked in England

Tournament Record: Placed 448th, actually. Beat Robert Campin, then lost to Caravaggio and Alexander Calder. 7 votes for, 17 votes against (.292).
  • Placed First in Week #24. 
  • Placed First again in Week #26. 
  • Placed First again in Week #28. 
  • And again in Week #30.






Willem Kalf
1622 - 1693
Dutch

Tournament Record: Tied for 454th. Lost to Wassily Kandinsky and Richard Parkes Bonington. 7 votes for, 18 votes against (.280).
  • Tied for First in Week #22.
  • Placed Second in Week #24.
  • Tied for Third in Week #25.
  • Placed Fourth in Week #26
  • Placed Third in Week #27.
  • Placed Second in Week #28. 
  • Tied for Second in Week #29.
  • Placed Fourth in Week #30. 
  • Placed Fourth in Week #31






Charles-François Daubigny
1817 - 1878
French

Tournament Record: Placed 505th.  Lost to Salvador Dali and Aelbert Cuyp. 4 votes for, 26 votes against (.133).
  • Finished First in Ladder Week #2.
  • Finished First again in Week #4.
  • ...and again in Week #6.
  • ...and in Week #8.
  • ...and in Week #10. 
  • ...and in Week #12. 
  • ...and in Week #14. 
  • ...and in Week #16.
  • ...and in Week #18. 
  • ...and in Week #20. 
  • Tied for First, Week #22. 
  • Placed Third in Week #24. 
  • Tied for First, Week #25.
  • Tied for First, Week #27. 
  • Tied for Second, Week #29. 
  • Placed Second, Week #30. 
  • Placed Second again, Week #31






Cast up to four votes in the comments by Friday morning!