Third Thursday: Bringing big names to your mid-month!
This is the sixth-ever Fifth Round match -- there will only be sixteen of them -- and it's the first to feature an artist from the Play-In Tournament. Ms. Varo is also the first woman and the first artist from Latin America to make it to this lofty height. She will presumably face stiff competition against Edward Hopper, who has staunch fans of his own.
1908 - 1963
Spanish; worked in Mexico
Her paintings are carefully drawn, making the astonishing stories or mystic legends especially convincing. Rejecting the male-dominated language of Surrealist doctrine, Varo often painted magnificent heroines busy with alchemical activities. A delicate figure may spin and weave tiny threads transforming them into musical instruments or fashion them into paintings of small birds. The settings are often medieval tower rooms equipped with occult laboratory devices. Figures wearing tattered garments may emerge from a forest of withered trees.... Varo borrowed from Romanesque Catalan frescoes and medieval architecture, mixed nature and technology, and combined reality and fantasy to create worlds that elude time and space. - National Museum of Women in the Arts
- 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.
- Crushed Andō Hiroshige in a Round 4 11-1 blowout.
1882 - 1967
By the late 1920s, Hopper developed his mature style, characterized by depictions of lonely urban and small town scenes in which there may be only a few silent, solitary figures. Often he shows only the drab architecture, devoid of human life. Hopper’s vision of the American scene was one of alienation and anxiety. His life and art were remarkably consistent: a very private person, he endowed the figures in his paintings with a similar sense of detachment. Hopper divided his time between a small apartment in New York’s Greenwich Village and trips to New England, continuing to synthesize and distill his observations of contemporary life into hauntingly familiar scenes. - The Phillips Collection
- Took out French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon in Round 1.
- Knocked Raoul Dufy into the Left Bracket in Round 2.
- Had a solid victory over Ingres in Round 3.
- Beat Frida Kahlo in Round 4 by a respectable margin.