Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round Two: Bouguereau v. John!

Adolphe William Bouguereau
1825 - 1905
French
  • Finished Second in Phase 1, Flight 2 of the Play-In Tournament with a voting score of .733.
  • Finished First in Phase 2, Flight 2 of the Play-In Tournament with a voting score of .455.
  • Walloped Domenico Beccafumi in the Main Tournament First Round.





Gwen John
1876 - 1939
British; worked in France

Surprised favorite Jasper Johns in the First Round.







Vote for the artist of your choice in the comments, or any other way that works for you. Commentary and links to additional work are welcome. Polls open for at least one month past posting.

14 comments:

cmannix said...

Gwen John, please.

Chuckdaddy said...

Gwen John

Morgan said...

As much as I like the cat, I will vote Bouguereau.

Ben said...

Bouguereau

pfly said...

Bouguereau

Elizabeth said...

Kitty! But the cat can't carry it off entirely here, and I am voting for Bouguereau and being naked on the beach.

lamanyana said...

Bouguereau

mrs.5000 said...

Yeah, I like Bouguereau's girl with crab, but in general his Victorian treacle factor is just too high for me. I prefer Gwen John's portraits, and their curious meld of restraint and intensity.

Michael5000 said...

Here's a vote-by-email for Bougereau.

Candida said...

Bouguereau! I googled Gwen John to make sure I wasn't missing something, but when I found myself skimming the page of images just looking for more kitties (and there were not a lot), I figured that was a sign. I mean, the first sign was that I love Bouguereau.

P.S. Would the Victorian treacle factor seem so high if you thought of the Victorian penchant for pictures of innocent little girls as being their version of memento mori, as has been argued? Plus, they're awfully well painted, I think--although I'm not sure how the cold but happy lady in painting #1 is keeping the ends of her hair out of the surf with waves like that.

Nichim said...

Bouguereau

Michael5000 said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Bouguereau is my very favorite artist of choice both for treacle and mild T & A. I don't really like the kind of thing he does, except when he does it.

UnwiseOwl said...

Bouguereau. No doubt. Amazing figures, but the backgrounds don't FIT. John bores me, even the cat.

Michael5000 said...

And as a group we have selected the amiably trashy Bourguereau 10-3 over Gwen Johns (pictured at top, above). Thanks for voting!