Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round Two: H. Rousseau v. Rubens!

Henri Rousseau
1844 - 1910
French

Crushed sculptor Louis François Roubiliac in Round 1.








Sir Peter Paul Rubens
1577 - 1640
Flemish

Crushed Théodore Rousseau in Round 1.






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. Polls open for at least one month past posting.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round 3: Rembrandt v. Rivera!

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn
1606 - 1669
Dutch

Survived a brush with Guido Reni in Round 1 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
Beat Pierre Auguste Renoir in Round 2.








Diego Rivera
1886 - 1957
Mexican

Crushed Luca Della Robbia in Round 1.
Beat José de Ribera in Round 2 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!







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. Polls open for at least one month past posting.

Monday, August 22, 2016

The New Monday Quiz, Summer Edition



Every week, this quiz forms an uneasy alliance with a group of extraterrestrial misfits


1. Here's a capsule description of a 2002 best-seller:
The first half of the novel is about Cal's family and depicts his grandparents' migration from Bursa, a city in Asia Minor, to... Detroit, Michigan, then a booming industrial city. The latter half of the novel, set in the late 20th century, focuses on Cal's experiences in his hometown of Detroit and his escape to San Francisco, where he comes to terms with his modified gender identity.
What's the book?

2. In a big 2014 summer blockbuster, "Peter Quill forms an uneasy alliance with a group of extraterrestrial misfits who are fleeing after stealing a powerful artifact." What's the name of the movie?

3. Who is the famous artist who made these three paintings?






4. Pip, Madame Defarge, Uriah Heep, Esther Summonson, Wilkins Micawber, and little Jenny Wren are all characters created by this author. By what author?

5.What country is shown here?



6. Who!?  What?!  Where?!



7. Greetings from what city?



8. Twenty-seven years ago today, a man named Nolan Ryan did something for the 5000th time.  That's more times than anyone else has done it, before or since!  What did Mr. Ryan do so very often?



Last week's Summer Quiz answers were all like:
1. Pride and Prejudice
2. Saving Private Ryan
3. Pablo Picasso
4. James Joyce
5. Honduras
6. a self-portrait by Rembrandt
7. Hong Kong
8. It was the first ship to go thru the Panama Canal
Christine M. got a perfect slate, quickly followed by DrSchnell.  That means that the good doctor will need to disassemble the Summer Quiz trophy, which came into his keeping last week, and send half of it to Christine M. in the Buckeye State.

Incidentally -- and although everybody knows it's all about the goodwill, not the medal count -- the current Summer-season score is DrSchnell 3, Christine M. 2, Susan 1, pfly 1.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round One: Schad v. Schiele!

Christian Schad
1894 - 1982
German



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Egon Schiele
1890 - 1918
Austrian



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Vote for the artist of your choice! Votes go in the comments. Commentary and links to additional work are welcome. Polls open for at least one month past posting.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Third Thursday Semi-Finals: Hammershoi v. Giotto!

Third Thursday: Bringing big names to your mid-month!




"Semifinals" designates the Fourth to Seventh Rounds of the Infinite Art Tournament.  This is a Left Bracket Fourth Round Match between Wilhelm Hammershoi (5-1, 39-32, .549) and Giotto (3-1, 29-19, .604).  Jean-Baptiste Greuze (4-2, 41-36, .532) leaves the Tournament after a close loss to Hammershoi.


Wilhelm Hammershoi
1864 - 1916
Danish







Giotto
1267 - 1337
Florentine
  • Defeated Giulio Romano in Round 1.
  • Snuck by Giorgione in Round 2 by a two-vote spread. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!
  • Zipped easily past Alberto Giacometti in Round 3.
  • Crushed by Vincent Van Gogh in Round 4.








Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round Two: Rossetti v. Rouault!


Dante Gabriel Rossetti
1828 - 1882
British

Beat Rosso Fiorentino easily in Round 1.







Georges Rouault
1871 - 1958
French

Stunned Mark Rothko in Round 1, winning by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!






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. Polls open for at least one month past posting.

Monday, August 15, 2016

The New Monday Quiz, Summer Edition



The demand that I make of my reader is that he should devote his whole Life to taking my quiz


1. This 1813 best-seller, according to the Wiki,
tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet's five unmarried daughters after two gentlemen have moved into their neighbourhood: the rich and eligible Mr. Bingley, and his status-conscious friend, the even richer and more eligible Mr. Darcy. While Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane, Darcy is disdainful of local society and repeatedly clashes with the Bennets' lively second daughter, Elizabeth.
What's the book?

2. These chaps are about to have a rough time, in a 1998 Summer blockbuster.  What's the film?



3. Who is the famous artist who made these three paintings?




4. An internet list of "13 Unforgettable Quotes" from the writer who created Stephen Daedalus and Leopold and Molly Bloom includes these three:
"'History,' Stephen said, 'is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake."

"Shakespeare is the happy hunting ground of all minds that have lost their balance."

"The demand that I make of my reader is that he should devote his whole Life to reading my works."
Who's the author?

5.What country is shown here?



6. Another famous painting!  Who is the painter?  Who is the subject?



7. Greetings from where?



8. The S.S. Ancon was famous, relatively speaking, for being the first ship ever to do something.  Here's a picture of it happening, 102 years ago today!  What did the Ancon do?




Last week's Summer Quiz answers werelike so:
1. Alice in Wonderland
2. Terminator 2
3. Monet
4. Ernest Hemingway
5. North Korea
6. Edward Hopper, Nighthawks
7. Rio de Janeiro
8. Richard Nixon had just resigned as President of the United States
DrSchnell takes it! DrSchnell takes it! DrSchnell wins the gold medal in Summer Quizzing!