Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round One: Zuccarelli v. Zurbarán!

At this point, the Infinite Art Tournament would like to thank Phaidon Press for compiling The Art Book, which -- unbeknownst to them -- provided the idea and the basic roster for this complicated art-historical entertainment.  Which is, mind you, far from finished yet.



Francesco Zuccarelli
1702 - 1788
Florentine; worked in Venice and Britain



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Francisco de Zurbarán
1598 - 1664
Spanish



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Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Semi-Finals: Picasso v. Prud'hon!





"Semifinals" designates the Fourth to Seventh Rounds of the Infinite Art Tournament.  This is a Left Bracket Fourth Round Match between Pablo Picasso (5-1, 37-18, .673) and Pierre-Paul Prud'hon (3-1, 29-15, .659).  Leaving the Tournament after a grudge match loss to Picasso is Piero di Cosimo (4-2, 39-27, .591).


Pablo Picasso
1881 - 1973
Spanish







Pierre-Paul Prud'hon
1758 - 1823
French
  • Drubbed Francesco Primaticcio in Round 1.
  • Beat Sir Henry Raeburn in Round 2.
  • Defeated Nicolas Poussin in Round 3 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!
  • Lost to Raphael in Round 4.






Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Infinite Art Tournament, First Elimination Round #62/64



Faceoff #1: Watteau v. Wesselmann

Antoine Watteau
1684 - 1721
French

Pasted by Waterhouse in Round 1.





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Tom Wesselmann
1931 - 2004
American

Lost to Britain's Carel Weight in Round 1.






Faceoff #2: West v. Wilkie

Benjamin West
1738 - 1820
American; worked in Britain

Lost after leading early against Van der Weyden in Round 1.



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Sir David Wilkie
1785 - 1841
British

Drubbed by Whistler's mother's son in Round 1.





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Please note that you may vote only once in each face-off.  Opining that both of the artists in one of the two face-offs is superior to the other is fine, but casting your votes for two artists in the same face-off is not permissible.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round One: Zoffany v. Zorn!

Johann Zoffany
1733 - 1810
German; worked in Britain and India




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Anders Zorn
1860 - 1920
Swedish




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Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Infinite Art Tournament Left Bracket Third-Round Elimination: GRUDGE MATCH: De Hooch v. Homer!

Today's match features two artists last seen all the way back in 2015. Dutch master Pieter De Hooch (3-1, 23-22, .511) takes on American Winslow Homer (4-1, 48-19, .716). If you look at those statistics, Homer looks like the clear favorite -- except, when these two guys met in March 2014, it was Mr. De Hooch that ended up winning, seven votes to six. This of course makes this contest a Grudge Match, and means that Homer would have to beat De Hooch outright to stay alive. A tie would go to the Dutchman on the strength of his earlier win.

The artists that fell in the Third Round were Meindert Hobbema and Ferdinand Hodler.




Pieter De Hooch
1629 - 1684
Dutch
  • Overcame Gerrit van Honthorst, his countryman from the previous generation, in Round 1.
  • Shocked American Winslow Homer in Round 2 by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Lost to Remedios Varo in Round 3.
  • Snuck by his near-contemporary Meindert Hobbema in the Left Bracket Third Round by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!






Winslow Homer
1836 - 1910
American




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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round Two: Van der Weyden v. Whistler!

Rogier Van der Weyden
1399ish - 1464
Dutch

Came from behind to beat Benjamin West in Round 1.







James Abbot McNeill Whistler
1834 - 1903
American; worked in Britain

Defeated Sir David Wilkie in Round 1.







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Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round One: Tatlin v. Vasarely!

Vladimir Tatlin
1885 - 1953
Russian

Tied with Antoni Tàpies in his first shot at Round One.




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Victor Vasarely
1908 - 1997
Hungarian; worked in France.

Tied with Velázquez (!) in his first shot at Round One.




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Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Infinite Art Tournament, First Elimination Round #61/64



Faceoff #1: Vigée Le Brun v. Vouet

Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun
1755 - 1842
French

Lost to M. C. Escher in Round 1.




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Simon Vouet
1590 - 1649
French

Lost to Maurice de Vlaminck in Round 1.





Faceoff #2: Wadsworth v. Wallis

Edward Wadsworth
1889 - 1949
British

Pummeled by Édouard Vuillard in Round 1.



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Alfred Wallis
1855 - 1942
British

Lost to Andy Warhol in Round 1 by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!





Vote for the two artists of your choice! Votes generally go in the comments, but have been known to arrive by email, by postcard, or in a sealed envelope.

Please note that you may vote only once in each face-off.  Opining that both of the artists in one of the two face-offs is superior to the other is fine, but casting your votes for two artists in the same face-off is not permissible.