Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round One: Foujita v. Fouquet!

It's the first weekend of an even-numbered month, which is supposed to mean a Fourth Round match. This time, though, crowd favorites Caillebotte and Caravaggio fought to a 7-7 tie in Round Three, leaving Mary Cassatt (who took care of business easily against Carpaccio) with no one to throw down against.  That tie will be resolved in the fullness of time, but for now we will just continue the weekly march of First Round contests with a pair of artists who both worked in France, but who arguably have somewhat different styles.  YOUR VOTE COUNTS!



Tsugouharu Foujita
1886-1968
Japanese; worked in France



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Jean Fouquet
1425 - c. 1480
French



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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.

16 comments:

Elizabeth said...

That second Fouquet is seriously trippy, but I'm voting for Foujita.

Ann Piper said...

That FIRST Fouquet is seriously trippy, but I'm also voting for Foujita.

Christine M. said...

Foujita! Totally unforgivably forgotten. I love his work, esp. his cats.

The Madonna by Fouquet has some seriously misplaced boobage. She should sue her plastic surgeon.

Morgan said...

I vote Foujita because pictures of cats, although I really like the second Fouquet for reasons I can't describe.

Kenneth Noisewater said...

I like both of these guys. This was the first time it was a close one for me. I'm going to give the edge to the second guy because I hate fucking cats.

Elizabeth said...

I meant the first one. It works quickly, doesn't it?

Nichim said...

Foujita. No creepy red and white babies, thanks.

Jenners said...

Foujita

Chuckdaddy said...

Foujita.

Yeah, that first Fouquet... So many thoughts. Why does it appear that the left breast is about to move right off her body? Why is the virgin Mary bald? And seen independently, would you ever guess it was made in the 1400s? And that's not a compliment. That being said, the other Fouquet pictures I googled I liked. But not enough to bounce out the naked woman cat master.

pfly said...

On first thought, and going from just these examples, I was going to say Foujita, but after some googling and research, I'm going with Fouquet. On the first one here, the creepy Madonna, it's part of the "Melun Diptych", if anyone wants to learn more about it.

mrs.5000 said...

Wow, this one is a really tough call for me. I am fond of the Melun Diptych, despite (or because of?) the creepy anatomy and the oddly demonic cherubs. I think the imp-angels surely inspired M.C.Escher. They have also found their way into certain contemporary book-works--
http://susancollard.com/artwork/546460_Annunciation_Triptych_open.html
That said, I think I'm going to go with Foujita in this contest. I don't much like his more sentimental work--those big-eyed little girls grate on me--but I really like pieces like the first painting here, the details and the linework and all the receding spaces. And yes, I like the cats too.

lamanyana said...

Foujita

Michael5000 said...

The first Fouquet is SOOO trippy, and the second is so not.... That might be the fault of Michael5000-who-chose-the-second-image, but I suppose since he is closely related to Michael5000-of-the-present, I of all people will have to trust his judgment.

I'm going to ride the Foujita wave!

Michael5000 said...

And here's a vote-by-postcard, also for Foujita.

Candida said...

Fouquet is seriously interesting, but Foujita is completely charming me, and charm beats interest today.

Michael5000 said...

Fouquet is of many adjectives, but it's a landslide for Foujita, who takes the day 12-2.