Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Left Bracket Fourth Round Elimination: Homer v. Bouguereau!

This Left Bracket Fourth Round Elimination Match features Winslow Homer (6-1, 67-24, .736) and Adolphe William Bouguereau (5-1, 48-23, .676). Falling to them in the Fourth were, respectively, Frida Kahlo (3-2, 36-33, .522) and Andō Hiroshige (3-2, 30-30, .500).

Bouguereau's one loss came at the hands of Kahlo, which would seem to give Homer the logical advantage in this match.  Homer's own loss was to Pieter de Hooch, who has since been ousted from the Tournament -- by Homer himself, in a Grudge Match reversal.  You never know what to expect in the Infinite Art Tournament!

Winslow Homer
1836 - 1910

Adolphe William Bouguereau
1825 - 1905

Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Infinite Art Tournament Left Bracket Fourth-Round Elimination: Avercamp v. Fra Angelico!

This Left Bracket Fourth Round Elimination Match features Hendrick Avercamp (6-1-3, 80-51, .611) and Fra Angelico (4-1, 41-28, .594). They got here by defeating Basquiat (3-2, 33-35, .485) and Beckman (4-2, 44-40, .524), respectively. Avercamp is making his eleventh Tournament appearance, which I believe is a new record.

Both artists have won against Sofonisba Anguissola, which is saying something.  Fra Angelico beat Arcimboldo, however, while Avercamp only fought him to a draw.  Let's see how they fare against each other.  What do YOU think?

Hendrick Avercamp

Fra Angelico
  • Defeated Florentine master Andrea del Sarto in Round 1 by a decisive but respectful margin.
  • Beat Sofonisba Anguissola in Round 2 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!! (This match was incorrectly determined a tie in March 2013; the miscount was discovered in May 2013. YOUR VIGILANCE COUNTS!!!)
  • Made it past Arcimboldo in Round 3.
  • Lost to Albrecht Altdorfer in Round 4 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Beat Max Beckmann in the Left Bracket Fourth Round.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Round Six: Eakins v. van Gogh

Thomas Eakins
1844 - 1916
Thomas Eakins (1844–1916), America’s greatest, most uncompromising realist, dedicated his career to depicting the human figure—in oil and watercolor, sculpture and photography. ...Eakins was in the vanguard of young painters who would shift the focus of American art from landscape to the figural subjects favored by the European academies.
- The Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
  • Crushed German pioneer Adam Elsheimer in Round 1.
  • Soundly defeated Belgian James Ensor in Round 2.
  • Racked up a strong victory on late votes against Jan Van Eyck in Round 3.
  • Beat Lyonel Feininger in Round 4.
  • Beat Caspar David Friedrich easily in Round 5.

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
  • Beat up on Hugo van der Goes in Round 1.
  • Got past Natalia Gontcharova in Round 2.
  • Gave El Greco a real drubbing in Round 3.
  • Lambasted Giotto in a Round 4 13-1 blowout.
  • Beat Atkinson Grimshaw in Round 5.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Left Bracket Fifth Round: Cézanne v. Dürer!

This match pairs Cézanne (5-1, 45-28, .616) against Dürer (4-1, 50-19, .725).  Dürer most recently appeared in summer 2015, in a match he lost to Degas. Cezanne won a November 2016 Left Bracket match against Mary Cassatt, who consequently leaves us at 4-2, 48-32, .600.

Cézanne and Dürer have not faced any common opponents. In fact, this is Cézanne's first attempt against someone whose name doesn't begin with C, and Dürer's against someone whose name doesn't begin with D.

Paul Cézanne
1839 - 1906
No painter has been so hallowed by his fellow artists as Paul Cezanne. Picasso called him "the father of us all," Klee "the supreme master," Matisse "a kind of benevolent god of painting." Yet despite a century's influence and an abundance of literature that has successively denounced, extolled and interpreted his work, Cezanne remains an enigmatic artist, his impact on subsequent generations more quantifiable than his artistic intentions.
- New York Times

Albrecht Dürer
1471 - 1528
  No artist better fits Thomas Carlyle's definition of genius, as the "transcendent capacity of taking trouble," than Albrecht Dürer. The industry of the man was breathtaking, his mastery of detail astonishing, yet everything he did seemed fresh and newly minted. The most intellectual of northern Renaissance artists, but the one who responded most immediately to nature, to the world and the people around him, he was profoundly religious yet supremely open-minded.
- New York Times
  • Defeated Anthony Van Dyck without too much trouble in Round 1.
  • Art-Brutalized Jean Dubuffet in Round 2.
  • Went ninja on Donatello in a massive Round 3 victory.
  • Beat Richard Diebenkorn on his home court in Round 4.
  • Lost a close one to Edgar Degas in Round 5.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round FOUR: Wyeth v. Michelangelo!

This is the last of the Round Four matches!

Andrew Wyeth
1917 - 2009

  • Defeated Jack Butler Yeats in Round 1.
  • Crushed fellow American Grant Wood in Round 2.
  • Trounced Frederic Leighton in Round 3.

1475 - 1564

  • Beat Sir John Everett Millais by a single vote in Round 1. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Beat Spanish painter Joan Miró in Round 2.
  • Tied with Gabriel Metsu in his first try at Round 3. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Overcame Velázquez in a second try at Round 3.

Vote for the artist of your choice in the comments, or any other way that works for you. Commentary and links to additional work are welcome. Fourth-round matches are open for at least three months after posting.