Saturday, May 26, 2018

Left Bracket Fourth Round Elimination: Picasso v. Pissarro!






This Left Bracket Fourth Round Elimination Match pairs household name Pablo Picasso (5-1, 46-21, .687) and Camille Pissarro (4-1, 36-19, .655), both French and both, due to being madly prolific, probably on display at an art museum near you.  They reached this contest by defeating Pierre-Paul Prud'hon (3-2, 32-24, .571) and Paula Rego (4-2, 35-32, .522), respectively.


Pablo Picasso
1881 - 1973
Spanish







Camille Pissarro
1831 - 1903
Caribbean-born; French






Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Third Round: Sluter v. Leighton!

This is the final new match of the Left Bracket Third Round -- unless there are tiebreakers, and with twelve active contests there could well be tiebreakers.  Plucky, puckish Marcel Duchamp was the final artist to be knocked out in Second Round Elimination, falling to Claus Sluter 3 votes to 9.  Lord Leighton -- "Sir Tiesalot," as they call him backstage here at the Tournament -- ends up here after falling to Andrew Wyeth in the Right Bracket.



Claus Sluter
1380ish - 1405
Dutch; worked in France.






Frederic Leighton
1830 - 1896
British




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Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Third Round: Rubens v. Sodoma!



Sir Peter Paul Rubens
1577 - 1640
Flemish






Sodoma (Giovanni Antonio Bazzi)
1477 - 1549
Siennese
  • Defeated living French artist Pierre Soulages in Round 1.
  • Beat twentieth century sculptor David Smith in Round 2 by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Lost to Sir Stanley Spencer in Round 3.




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Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Third Round: Wright of Derby v. Velázquez!

It's the antepenultimate content of the Left Bracket Third Round!  Wright of Derby, who was accidentally entered in the Play-In Tournament and tanked there, has acquitted himself well after earning his main Tournament seed back.   But can he prevail against the great Spanish painter Velázquez?  You be the judge!



Joseph Wright of Derby
1734 - 1797
British






Diego de Silva y Velázquez
1599 - 1660
Spanish




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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Third Round: Terbrugghen v. Sutherland!



Hendrick Terbrugghen
1588 - 1629
Dutch






Graham Sutherland
1903 - 1980
British
  • Defeated George Stubbs in Round 1.
  • Won easily against Clyfford Still in Round 2.
  • Lost badly to Jan Steen in Round 3.




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Saturday, May 12, 2018

The Fifth Round: Escher v. Michelangelo!




"Semifinals" designates the Fourth to Seventh Rounds of the Infinite Art Tournament.  This Fifth Round Match features M.C. Escher (4-0, 39-15, .722) against Michelangelo (4-1, 35-24, .593). They beat Van der Weyden and Wyeth, respectively, in a pair of close Four Round matches.

M. C. Escher
1898 - 1972
Dutch
The artist who created some of the most memorable images of the 20th century was never fully embraced by the art world. There is just one work by Maurits Cornelis Escher in all of Britain’s galleries and museums, and it was not until his 70th birthday that the first full retrospective exhibition took place in his native Netherlands. Escher was admired mainly by mathematicians and scientists, and found global fame only when he came to be considered a pioneer of psychedelic art by the hippy counterculture of the 1960s.
- The Guardian






Michelangelo
1475 - 1564
Italian
Michelangelo (1475-1564) was a sculptor, painter and architect widely considered to be one of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance period—and arguably of all time. His work demonstrated a blend of psychological insight, physical realism and intensity never before seen. His contemporaries recognized his extraordinary talent, and Michelangelo received commissions from some of the most wealthy and powerful men of his day, including popes and others affiliated with the Catholic Church. His resulting work, most notably his Pietà and David sculptures and Sistine Chapel ceiling paintings, has been carefully tended and preserved, ensuring that future generations would be able to view and appreciate Michelangelo’s genius.
- History.com
  • 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.
  • Beat Andrew Wyeth in the final match of Round 4, by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!







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