Saturday, November 17, 2018

Left Bracket Fifth Round: Manet v. Klee!

This Left Bracket Fifth Round match pairs Édouard Manet (6-1, 62-33, .653) against Paul Klee (4-1-1, 45-26, .634).

Édouard Manet
1832 - 1883
He himself wrote that he had “no intention of overthrowing old methods of painting, or creating new ones.” The critic Louis Gonse viewed things slightly differently. “Manet is a point of departure, the symptomatic precursor of a revolution,” he wrote. To this day, Manet is still considered by many art historians to be the father of modernism.
- The Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

Paul Klee
1879 - 1940
Klee is known for his simple stick figures, suspended fish, moon faces, eyes, arrows, and quilts of color, which he orchestrated into fantastic and childlike yet deeply meditative works.... By 1915, he had turned his back to nature and never again painted after the model. With abstracted forms and merry symbols, he expressed the most diverse subjects drawn from his imagination, poetry, music, literature, and his reaction to the world around him . His subjects reveal his impish humor and his bent toward the fantastic and the meditative. 
- The Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
  • Beat Yves Klein black and blue, mostly blue, in Round 1.
  • Knocked around the popular Gustav Klimt in Round 2.
  • Defeated Banksy without too much trouble in Round 3.
  • Tied with his old roommate Wassily Kandinsky in his first try at Round 4.  YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Beat Andy Goldsworthy in the Round 4 tiebreaker by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Lost to Leonardo da Vinci in Round 5.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Left Bracket Fifth Round: Goldsworthy v. Matisse!

This Left Bracket Fifth Round match pairs Andy Goldsworthy (5-1-1, 62-33, .653) against Henri Matisse (4-1, 48-27, .640).  Both of these artists have been treading a thin line for a while, and the combined margin of Goldsworthy's last four matches and Matisse's last two is five: one tie, and four single-vote decisions.  Goldsworthy's loss came a few rounds back to Matisse's contemporary Paul Klee, but Matisse has just fallen to another of those pesky living artists, Tim Ely.  

Who's going to win this one?  Even match is wide open by definition, but this one seems especially wide open!  I can't wait!  Let's vote! 

Andy Goldsworthy
born 1956
In a diverse career spanning four decades, Andy Goldsworthy has become one of the most prominent and iconic contemporary sculptors. In photographs, sculptures, installations, and films, Goldsworthy documents his explorations of the effects of time, the relationship between humans and their natural surroundings, and the beauty in loss and regeneration. Goldsworthy’s permanent projects and ephemeral works contrast in their scale, tension, and lifetime, but are unified through their responses to the environment and his constant investigation into understanding the landscape he is in.
- Galerie Lelong & Co.

Henri Matisse
1869 - 1954
Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the 20th century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture. Although he was initially labelled a Fauve (wild beast), by the 1920s he was increasingly hailed as an upholder of the classical tradition in French painting. His mastery of the expressive language of colour and drawing, displayed in a body of work spanning over a half-century, won him recognition as a leading figure in modern art.
  • Crushed Chilean Roberto Matta in Round 1.
  • Crushed fifteenth century German Hans Memling in Round 2.
  • Beat Quentin Massys in Round 3.
  • Beat Gabriel Metsu in Round 4 by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Lost to Tim Ely in Round 5 by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!

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.

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.
  • 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

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
  • 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!!!