Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Infinite Art Tournament Left Bracket Third-Round Elimination: Stella v. Sutherland!

Both of these guys have lost to Jan Steen, but where's the shame in that?  Jan Steen's in the Fifth Round!  He's painting against Vermeer!  But in this match, Sutherland and Stella are vying for the chance to take on Turner. 


Frank Stella
born 1936
American






Graham Sutherland
1903 - 1980
British




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Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Infinite Art Tournament Left Bracket Third-Round Elimination: Vlaminck v. Whistler!




Maurice de Vlaminck
1876 - 1958
French







James Abbot McNeill Whistler
1834 - 1903
American; worked in Britain




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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Round Six: Sargent v. Sheeler






John Singer Sargent
1856 - 1925
American
Although Sargent painted, showed, and won praise for both portraits and subject pictures at the Salons between 1877 and 1882, commissions for portraits increasingly demanded his attention and defined his reputation. Sargent’s best-known portrait, Madame X, which he undertook without a commission, enlisted a palette and brushwork derived from Velázquez; a profile view that recalls Titian; and an unmodulated treatment of the face and figure inspired by the style of Édouard Manet and Japanese prints. The picture’s novelty and quality notwithstanding, it was a succès de scandale in the 1884 Salon, provoking criticism for Sargent’s indifference to conventions of pose, modeling, and treatment of space, even twenty years after Manet’s pioneering efforts.
- The Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
  • Beat Juan Sánchez Cotán easily despite crowd support in Round 1.
  • Skunked Roelandt Savery in Round 2.
  • Skunked Dutch still-life master Rachel Ruysch in Round 3.
  • Crushed Henri Rousseau in Round 4 by a two-vote swing.
  • Encountered some resistance, but prevailed, against Round 5.










Charles Sheeler
Self-Portrait, 1925.

1883 - 1965
American
As he entered the 1950s, Sheeler developed a distinctive late style. He still depicted urban architecture and industrial facilities, but he reduced objects to flat planes, rather than volumes, and pared away more detail than ever before.... He also devised complex, multiple-viewpoint compositions by overlapping two or more photographic negatives of the same subject and then transferring the resulting, synthesized image to canvas.... He left behind a body of work that explored the balance between abstraction and representation, photography and painting, an increasingly mechanized present and a more homespun past, uniting all these aspects in a skillful (and occasionally ambivalent) tension.
- - The Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
  • Beat Cindy Sherman in in Round 1.
  • Defeated Jan Siberechts easily in Round 2.
  • Beat Georges Seurat in Round 3 by a two-vote margin. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Beat Kurt Schwitters in Round 4 by a safe margin.
  • Defeated Paul Signac in Round 5.








Saturday, June 9, 2018

Left Bracket Round Four: Oldenburg v. Rockwell!





This Left Bracket Fourth Round Match is between Claes Oldenburg (5-1, 42-25, .627) and Norman Rockwell (3-1, 37-14, .725).  Leaving the Tournament after falling to Oldenburg is José Clemente Orozco (3-2, 32-25, .561).

Claes Oldenburg
Born 1929
Swedish-born American







Norman Rockwell
1894 - 1978
American
  • Placed Third in Phase 1, Flight 5, with a voting score of .538.
  • Placed Second in Phase 2, Flight 3, with a voting score of .500.
  • Crushed Arthur Dove in Round 1.
  • Walloped the Master of Moulins in Round 2.
  • Blasted Alphonse Mucha in Round 3.
  • Lost to Claude Monet in Round 4 by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!





Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Infinite Art Tournament Left Bracket Third-Round Elimination: Toulouse-Lautrec v. Tissot!


This match has been brewing for a long time.  Toulouse-Lautrec lost to Turner in the Second -- no shame in that -- and then stayed alive by finishing off Tintoretto, after he'd lost to Tissot, and then Titian, after he'd been ambushed by Tissot.  But then Tissot also ran into Turner, and so, after a few additional plot twists, here we are.



Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
1864 - 1901
French






James Tissot
1836 - 1902
French




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