Thursday, December 18, 2014

Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Round Three: G. David v. Dali!

On each of the eight pages of the Infinite Art Tournament brackets, 64 artists set out on the path to glory.  Of those, eight will make it to the Fourth Round, and another sixteen to the Left Bracket Third Round.  With today's match of G. David and Dali, that cruel winnowing is complete for the second page.

The medieval Dutchman, who lost his first one but has followed up with three straight wins, knocked out Robert Delaunay 10-5 to make it to this point.  The flamboyant Spaniard, by contrast, won his first two, got snared in a tie, and then lost a heartbreaker to Caravaggio.  We will have to see if he can recover his momentum in this hard-hitting match-up!

Gerard David
c.1455 - 1523

Salvador Dali
1904 - 1989
  • Savaged somebody named Charles-François Daubigny in Round 1.
  • Got away from Lucas Cranach the Elder in Round 2.
  • Fought to a tie with French landscape master Corot in Round 3.
  • Lost to Caravaggio in Round 3 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!


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.


Elizabeth said...

I do like much of Dali's work, but I am enjoying the purity of line and color from Gerard David more in this matchup.

Morgan said...


Christine M. said...

Gerard David. Dali literally makes me nauseous.

mrs.5000 said...

I think of Dali as probably the most talented painter among the Surrealists. Certainly he's the most annoying. It's hard to see his work as if for the first time: I look at a melting watch, and also see him with his ridiculous moustache making bug eyes at the camera. Dali, get over yourself! That top painting is worth a thousand melting watches and any number of phallic elephants. But I don't think he gets it.

David, on the other hand, is remote in time, unassuming, and the more I see of his work the more I like it. You want surrealism? Take a look at the little farmer couple pushing the great big strawberry plant. Is that not the most charming thing you've ever seen on the facing page of Mary and the baby Jesus? I'm for David!

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pfly said...

I never had the "Dali is irritating" problem. Dali for me.

Michael5000 said...

I just had a more or less accidental moment when I was looking at this string of paintings without thinking about who painted them, or where they stood in art history, or anything like that. And going from the bottom to the top, I liked the first four, then really like the next three, and then thought "Wow!" at the last one. So whatever my head might say, my heart says David.

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Michael5000 said...

Dali was up two when the bulk of the votes were in... but two late votes for G. David locked things up for a few months... and then a much later vote from Candida tipped the scales. HER VOTE COUNTS!!! ...and so does yours.

G. David, 6-5.