Thursday, October 4, 2018

Left Bracket Fourth Round Elimination: Manet v. Haeckel!

This Left Bracket Fourth Round Elimination Match is between Édouard Manet (5-1, 54-28, .659) and Ernst Haeckel (4-1-1, 50-29, .633). They defeated Gabriel Metsu (3-2-1, 43-38, .558) and Joan Miró (5-2-1, 50-38, .568), in the regular Left Fourth Round.

Édouard Manet
1832 - 1883

Ernst Haeckel
1834 - 1919

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Left Bracket Fourth Round Elimination GRUDGE MATCH: Turner v. Toulouse-Lautrec!

This would be the Left Bracket Fourth Round Elimination Match between J.M.W. Turner (4-1, 49-18, .731) and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (6-1, 60-31, .659). They defeated Ghirlandaio (4-2-2, 53-42, .558) and Jean Tinguely (3-2, 29-28, .509), respectively, to get here.

It is a GRUDGE MATCH, ladies and gentlemen -- these two fellows met five seasons ago, in the halcyon days of June 2017, and Mr. Turner won that round.  This time around, the French painter needs to win outright.  A tie will go to Turner on the strength of his earlier win.

J.M.W. Turner
1775 - 1850

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
1864 - 1901

Friday, September 28, 2018

Left Bracket Fifth Round: Rockwell v. Raphael!

This Left Bracket Fifth Round match pairs Norman Rockwell (5-1, 54-19, .740) against Raphael (4-1, 36-19, .655).  Rockwell arrived by way of a narrow win over over Berthe Morisot, and Raphael from a loss to Patenier. 

Norman Rockwell
1894 - 1978
Rockwell was a careful craftsman with an ability to represent detail realistically. The subjects of most of his illustrations were taken from everyday family and small-town life and were often treated with a touch of humour. Though loved by the public, Rockwell’s work was dismissed by most critics as lacking artistic merit and authentic social observation.
- Encyclopedia Britannica

1483 - 1520
It would be impossible to say which artist is the greatest painter of portraits, but many would award the palm to Raphael.  He had that combination of qualities that the portrait painter needs: a keen awareness of the sitter's personality -- an insight into what makes the sitter "tick" -- combined with the great painterly skills that can create forms and colors, that of themselves alone would give us pleasure.
- Sister Wendy's 1000 Masterpieces

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Left Bracket Fourth Round Elimination: Klimt v. Kandinsky!

In this here Left Bracket Fourth Round Elimination Match, Gustav Klimt (6-1, 60-23, .723) takes on Wassily Kandinsky (4-1-1, 43-23, .652). In getting to this round, they knocked Georges de La Tour (3-2, 37-25, .597) and Frantisek Kupka (4-2-1, 42-35, .545), respectively, right out of the Tournament.

Klimt has impressive stats going into the match, but he has lost to Paul Klee, who tied up with Kandinsky when they crossed Tournament paths.  What will happen is, the artist who gets the most votes will win!

Gustav Klimt
1862 - 1918

Wassily Kandinsky
1866 - 1944
Russian; worked internationally

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Left Bracket Fourth Round Elimination: Seurat v. Rubens!

This Left Bracket Fourth Round Elimination Match pits Georges Seurat (5-1, 45-24, .652) against Peter Paul Rubens (6-1-2, 68-35, .660). They have knocked Stanley Spencer (3-2, 38-23, .623) and Kurt Schwitters (3-2, 31-29, .517), respectively, out of the Tournament.

Georges Seurat
1859 - 1891

Sir Peter Paul Rubens
1577 - 1640