Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Infinite Art Tournament, First Elimination Round #6/128

Faceoff #1: P. Blake v. Böcklin

Sir Peter Blake
born 1932

Lost to William Blake in Round 1.


Arnold Böcklin
1827 - 1901
German; worked in Italy

Lost to Umberto Boccioni in Round 1.

Faceoff #2: Bomberg v. Bordone

David Bomberg
1890 - 1957

Lost to Christian Boltanski in Round 1.


Paris Bordone
1500 - 1571

Pounded by Hieronymus Bosch in Round 1.

Vote for the two artists of your choice! Votes generally go in the comments, but have been known to arrive by email, by postcard, or in a sealed envelope.

Please note that you may vote only once in each face-off.  Opining that both of the artists in one of the two face-offs is superior to the other is fine, but casting your votes for two artists in the same face-off is not permissible.


pfly said...

Hmm, well I'm a bit of a sucker for pop art and these two Böcklin paintings don't really move me, but after a bit of additional checking I much prefer Böcklin. The self-portrait at the top of his page on Wikipedia was zing! Then googling other paintings confirmed it. Böcklin.

On the second one, neither of the Bomberg examples move me, and the Bordones look at least technically quite good. But again some additional checking reversed that initial impression. There's bunches of Bombergs I like more than these two, even if a lot of them look like variations on Duchamp's ''Nude Descending a Staircase''. Still, Bomberg.

Elizabeth said...

Blake, Bordone.

Leonardo Piccioni said...

Böcklin and Bordonne, they're my votes.

But I'd like to get a special mention to Peter Blake, for his work with The Beatles.

Morgan said...

I really enjoy Böcklin, especially that villa in the first picture - wouldn't you want to visit there? In the second matchup, I don't much care for either. I'll vote Bordone.

Nichim said...

Blake! Bomberg!

Chuckdaddy said...

A strong vote for Blake. I feel sort of bad that the grey Bocklins have such a lively opponent.

I was at first leaning Bordone. I find that second one of his so interesting. I love how you focus on the main scene, but what's out the window is just amazing. Still, when I looked up his other pictures they were pretty cupidy and corsetty. And I do really enjoy Bomberg's Pre-ww1 abstract pieces.

mrs.5000 said...

I'll go with Blake and Bomberg.

Mm Mud said...

Blake and Bomberg

Michael5000 said...

I'm going to go with Sir Blake, despite TOTALLY agreeing with pfly about the Bocklin self portrait. In fact, crap, pfly's right. I'm going to go with Bocklin. (I noticed today that El Burrito Loco #3, my workday tacqueria of choice, has a drive-thru menu that uses the Arnold Bocklin font. True story!)

And Bomberg.

Candida said...

Pfly for the win! I mean, yes, Bocklin wins for the self-portrait if nothing else.

And Bordone because wow, not even close. Just googling and glancing through some of his other work confirms my initial infatuation with him, even if he is kind of lame at painting breasts for a guy who painted so many of them. I particularly love the faces of the men in his portraits. So expressive!

Michael5000 said...

Peter Blake and Böcklin are locked in a 5-5 tie, which will hold them over for competition against the next tie in this bracket. Bomberg holds out against Bordone 6-4, and will advance to take on Boccioni in the Left Bracket Second Round.

Voting's closed on this one.