Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Left Bracket Fifth Round: Rubens v. Rembrandt!

This Left Bracket Fifth Round match pairs Peter Paul Rubens (7-1-2, 77-40, .658) against Rembrandt (4-1, 36-25, .590).  Rubens has just survived an encounter with Georges Seurat (5-2, 50-32, .602); Rembrandt debuts in the Left Brackets following a lively fifth-round loss to John Singer Sargent.

Sir Peter Paul Rubens
1577 - 1640
Peter Paul Rubens was one of the most celebrated and prolific artists in Europe during his lifetime as well as the entire Baroque era. His patrons included royalty and churches, and his art depicted subjects from religion, history and mythology. Known for such works as "The Descent from the Cross," "Wolf and Fox Hunt," "Peace and War," "Self-Portrait with Helena and Peter Paul" and "The Garden of Love," Rubens's style combined a knowledge of Renaissance classicism with lush brushwork and a lively realism.
- Biography.com

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn
1606 - 1669
Rembrandt was a 17th century painter and etcher whose work came to dominate what has since been named the Dutch Golden Age. One of the most revered artists of all time, Rembrandt's greatest creative triumphs are seen in his portraits of his contemporaries, illustrations of biblical scenes and self-portraits as well as his innovative etchings and use of shadow and light.
- Biography.com
  • Survived a brush with Guido Reni in Round 1 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Beat Pierre Auguste Renoir in Round 2.
  • Edged by Diego Rivera in Round 3 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!
  • Crushed Salvator Rosa in Round 4.
  • Lost to Charles Sheeler in Round 5.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Left Bracket Fifth Round: Rivera v. Signac!

This Left Bracket Fifth Round match pairs Diego Rivera (6-1, 53-20, .646) against Paul Signac (4-1, 32-25, .561).  Rivera has bumped out Alfred Sisley (6-2-1, 66-42, .611), whereas Signac got here through a fifth-round loss to Charles Sheeler.

Diego Rivera
1886 - 1957
Rivera was among the leading members and founders of the Mexican Muralist movement. Deploying a style informed by disparate sources such as European modern masters and Mexico's pre-Columbian heritage, and executed in the technique of Italian fresco painting, Rivera handled major themes appropriate to the scale of his chosen art form: social inequality; the relationship of nature, industry, and technology; and the history and fate of Mexico. More than half a century after his death, Rivera is still among the most revered figures in Mexico, celebrated for both his role in the country's artistic renaissance and re-invigoration of the mural genre as well as for his outsized persona.
- The Art Story.org

Paul Signac
1863 - 1935
Signac's style changed substantially as he incorporated the techniques and theories of Neo-Impressionism (also known as "Divisionism" and "Pointillism") that he developed in collaboration with Georges Seurat.... While he is best known for his paintings and well-developed preparatory sketches, Signac was also an innovator in his extensive experimentation with a variety of media, from printmaking techniques like lithography and etching to watercolor and pen-and-ink, including painstaking sketches for paintings produced in tiny dots. Regardless of the medium, he persistently created forms without relying on line, which imposed a consistent level of abstraction on all of his work.
- The Art Story.org
  • Defeated Luca Signorelli easily in Round 1.
  • Beat Paula Modersohn-Becker in Round 2 by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Got past Rennaisance Estonian Michiel Sittow in the Third Round.
  • Beat Sir Stanley Spencer in Round 4 by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Lost to Charles Sheeler in Round 5.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Left Bracket Fifth Round: Klimt v. Hopper!

This Left Bracket Fifth Round match pairs Gustav Klimt (7-1, 66-27, .710) against Edward Hopper (4-1, 40-23, .635).  Klimt beat Kandinsky, whose 4-2-1, 46-29, .613 record gives him the 14th best record among the exited artists. Hopper lost a close one to Remedios Varo to arrive in the Left-Hand brackets.

Gustav Klimt
1862 - 1918
Gustav Klimt painted... many scenes at the Attersee, a lake near Salzburg where he often spent his summers beginning in 1900. Klimt frequently used a telescope or opera glasses when composing his landscapes; these devices allowed him to see in great detail while at the same time collapsing the middle distance. The flatness of the resulting close-up perspective gives the surface of the canvas the appearance of a densely knotted tapestry....
- The Phillips Collection

Edward Hopper
1882 - 1967
By the late 1920s, Hopper developed his mature style, characterized by depictions of lonely urban and small town scenes in which there may be only a few silent, solitary figures. Often he shows only the drab architecture, devoid of human life. Hopper’s vision of the American scene was one of alienation and anxiety. His life and art were remarkably consistent: a very private person, he endowed the figures in his paintings with a similar sense of detachment. Hopper divided his time between a small apartment in New York’s Greenwich Village and trips to New England, continuing to synthesize and distill his observations of contemporary life into hauntingly familiar scenes.
- The Phillips Collection
  • Took out French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon in Round 1.
  • Knocked Raoul Dufy into the Left Bracket in Round 2.
  • Had a solid victory over Ingres in Round 3.
  • Beat Frida Kahlo in Round 4 by a respectable margin.
  • Lost to Mexican surrealist Remedios Varo in Round 5 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Left Bracket Fifth Round: Homer v. Krøyer!

This Left Bracket Fifth Round match pairs Winslow Homer (7-1, 75-28, .728) against Peter Severin Krøyer (4-1, 42-23, .646).  Homer arrived by beating Bouguereau, whose 5-2, 52-31, .627 record ties him with Botticelli for the 9th best record of any exiting artist. Krøyer got here by losing, by a hair, to Thomas Hart Benton.

Winslow Homer
1836 - 1910
...this great painter of the American scene did not lose the edge when it came to the probity and drama of his art.... In works such as Fox Hunt (1893) and Right and Left (1909), Homer dealt with profound issues of existence, while in his paintings of the pounding surf of the Maine coast he brought nature to center stage.
- Smithsonian

Peter Severin Krøyer
1851 - 1900
The combination of Krøyer's technical bravado and the persistent appeal of his Skagen imagery have made it difficult for art scholars in Denmark to resist him; at the same time, however, the frivolity of content in his paintings has left scholars reticent to give him full credit for his creative enterprise. When the question of substance in Krøyer's paintings is taken up, the reference is often somewhat apologetic. "Krøyer is so masterly in his handling," wrote Krøyer's contemporary N. V. Dorph in 1902, "that he would have to reach great heights to match it with content of commensurate significance. And those heights, he never reaches. There is an undeniable disparity between spirit and hand in Krøyer's art."
- Nineteenth Century Art Worldwide
  • Thumped Leon Kossoff in Round 1.
  • Crushed American Jeff Koons, albeit with gentle lyricism, in Round 2.
  • On recount, was found to have beaten Florentine master Domenico Ghirlandaio in Round 3 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Beat Georges de La Tour in the Fourth Round by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Lost to Thomas Hart Benton in Round 5.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Left Bracket Fourth Round Elimination: Wyeth v. Velázquez!

This Left Bracket Fourth Round Elimination Match is between Andrew Wyeth (4-1, 58-14, .806) and Velázquez (5-1, 41-25, .621). They defeated Whistler (5-2, 57-37, .606) and Van der Weyden (3-2, 34-29, .540), in the regular Left Fourth Round.

Andrew Wyeth
1917 - 2009

Diego de Silva y Velázquez
1599 - 1660