Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round 1: Chardin v. Chase!

Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin
1699 - 1779


William Merritt Chase
1849 - 1916


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.


Morgan said...

Chardin! Crisper and at least somewhat interesting scenes.

Elizabeth said...

I'm forever voting for Chardin.

Christine M. said...

Tough one. Chardin.

Nichim said...

Woo, an easy one. Chardin!

mrs.5000 said...

Chardin, definitely.

pfly said...

I gotta say Chardin too. Love the bubble man.

Candida said...

Chardin! How about Picture #2 for 18th-century non-Rococo wonderfulness?

Of course, had I read the wiki article on Chardin first and was undecided for some reason, I think this line would have sealed the deal: "Though his popularity rested initially on paintings of animals and fruit, by the 1730s he introduced kitchen utensils into his work...." ( I have to say, Michael5000, saving the kitchen utensils for a later round was very clever. Very clever indeed.


I just looked up the Wikimedia Commons on Chase, and this isn't as clear-cut as I thought it was! He's not quite John Singer Sargent, but some of his work definitely reminds me of Sargent.

Actually, no! I've changed my mind! I'm going to have to go with Chase because I've seen what else Chardin has to offer and how many different kinds of dead animals did that guy paint?!

chuckdaddy said...

Chardin, although it might not be quite fair since my current condition highly biases me against blurry pictures.

Michael5000 said...

This is a pretty stiff first-round pairing, but I think Chardin takes my vote for narrative content (you can tell at a glance that she's not the world's greatest tutor and is yet more than qualified to work with young Master Dimwit) and mastery of technique. Tricky stuff, painting a bubble.

Chase would win based on composition in the first painting and use of color in the second, except I already gave my vote to Chardin.

lamanyana said...

Chardin, enthusiastically, for both Nichim and I.

Michael5000 said...

Our habitual postcard voter declares this pair a tie.

Michael5000 said...

Chardin blasts Chase 8-1; we'll see how he does against De Chirico in Round Two. Voting is closed in this one.