Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round FOUR: Hiroshige v. Varo!


Hey, it's the first weekend of an even-numbered month!  And therefore we indulge in the Fourth Round of the Infinite Art Tournament.  This time, the pairing includes the first Play-In Artist yet to make it this far in the action.



Andō Hiroshige
1797 - 1858
Japanese
  • Defeated Meindert Hobbema in Round 1 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!
  • Thumped on American folk painter Edward Hicks in Round 2.
  • Beat Switzerland's Ferdinand Hodler in Round 3.








Remedios Varo
1908 - 1963
Spanish; worked in Mexico
  • Finished First in Phase 1, Flight 3 of the Play-In Tournament with a voting score of .917.
  • Finished First in Phase 2, Flight 1 of the Play-In Tournament with a voting score of .500.
  • Beat André Beauneveu in Round 1.
  • Defeated Katsushika Hokusai in Round 2.
  • Thumped Dutch Master Pieter De Hooch in Round 3.







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. Fourth-round matches are open for at least three months after posting.

13 comments:

Christine M. said...

Aw, man. Putting Remedios up against Hiroshige? No fair. I'm still voting for Remedios Varo.

Elizabeth Farquhar said...

I love Hiroshige's work for so many reasons, but each time you put up a new Varo I like his art more and more. I suppose these two had to meet up at some point. I will vote for Hiroshige, but I suspect Varo will carry the day, and that will not distress me.

pfly said...

No fair, I agree. Fine. Varo.

Morgan said...

One more vote for Ms. Varo.

boonec1974 said...

Varo tearing through the bracket has been surprising to me, particularly with how quickly Dali flamed out. Is she a less-skilled Dali whose freshness is winning us over? Or a less-slick Dali who should have always been more popular than Mr. Surrealist? I lean towards the latter, although I do wonder if she'd be doing as well had she adorned as many dorm walls as Salvador. Either way, she gets my vote this round.

mrs.5000 said...

What I like about Varo's work is the sense of implied narrative--cryptic and fragmentary, maybe, but you could easily invent before and after panels for each painting. They would work well on book covers for the right novel. They're romantic in their melancholy, and they invite the viewer in as an equal partner. None of these things are true of Dali, that virtuosic egotist. I'll choose them, with some surprise, over Hiroshige, whose scenes I raced through to linger over Varo's.

lamanyana said...

Yeah - Varo

DrSchnell said...

Varo

Michael5000 said...

Susan says Varo.

Michael5000 said...

And I'm voting for Varo too. You could play "Dixit" using Varo paintings...

gl. said...

Oh! Varo, yes! Thanks for introducing me to a new artist.

Candida said...

Varo.

Michael5000 said...

Varo has no trouble here, piling up eleven votes against Hiroshige's one. Let's see how she does against Ed Hopper, who is himself fresh off a victory over Frida Kahlo!