Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round FOUR: Kandinsky v. Klee!

It's the first weekend of an even-numbered month, and we celebrate those around here with a Fourth Round match.  This time it's Kandinsky and Klee.  They were colleagues, friends, and even housemates back in the day, but in the Infinite Art Tournament, only one will keep his perfect record intact!  But will it be Kandinsky?  Or Klee?

Wassily Kandinsky
1866 - 1944
Russian; worked internationally

  • Defeated Willem Kalf decisively in Round 1.
  • Beat play-in photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson in Round 2.
  • Beat Anish Kapoor easily in Round 3.

Paul Klee
1879 - 1940
  • Beat Yves Klein black and blue, mostly blue, in Round 1.
  • Knocked around the popular Gustav Klimt in Round 2.
  • Defeated Banksy without too much trouble 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.


DrSchnell said...


mrs.5000 said...

It is rather amazing how much I adore Klee--how lyric and inviting and singular--and how consistently Kandinsky's work fails to cohere into anything beyond that colorful scrapheap of doodles that says to me, "oh, yeah, a Kandinsky." Klee, Klee, a thousand times Klee!

Anonymous said...

Damn you for making me choose!! Paul Klee.

pfly said...

Like mrs.5000 I adore Klee too, but even more colorful scrapheaps of doodles. Kandinsky, a thousand times!

Morgan said...

Kandinsky wins both the "which do I like better" and "which would I prefer to have in my house" metrics.

boonec1974 said...

Yeah, I love them both, but will go with Kandinsky. Reading that he may have had synesthesia also makes sense to me. It does seem like he's drawing music.

Candida said...

I'm pretty ambivalent, but I'll go with Klee.

lamanyana said...

What Mrs. 500 said - Klee all the way!

Michael5000 said...

This is a fun match for our household. I think of Klee as "the poor man's Kandinsky," which is pretty much a perfect little mirror of Mrs.5000's views on the subject (see above). And here's my mirror-image vote: Kandinsky.

Michael5000 said...

Susan votes for Klee.

Michael5000 said...

Ooh, how exciting! We've got a tie! A Fourth Round tie! So, we'll just have to see if another one opens up down the road. Meanwhile, this pairing is closed.

sekhen said...

Wassily Kandinsky