Thursday, August 16, 2018

Left Bracket Round Four: Manet v. Metsu!





"Semifinals" designates the Fourth to Seventh Rounds of the Infinite Art Tournament.  This is a Left Bracket Fourth Round Match between Édouard Manet (4-1, 43-22, .662) and Gabriel Metsu (3-1-1, 37-27, .578). Leaving the Tournament after falling to Manet is Franz Marc (3-2-1, 43-30, .589).


Édouard Manet
1832 - 1883
French







Gabriel Metsu
1629 - 1667
Dutch
  • Defeated Mario Merz in Round 1.
  • Defeated Play-In Tournament artist Jean Baptiste Oudry in Round 2.
  • Tied with Michelangelo(!) in his first try at Round 3.
  • Beat Anders Zorn by a single vote in the Round 3 tiebreaker. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Lost to Henri Matisse in Round 4.






Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Left Bracket Fourth Round Elimination: Morisot v. Rockwell!




This Left Bracket Fourth Round Elimination Match pits Berthe Morisot (6-1, 47-33, .588) against Norman Rockwell (4-1, 48-15, .762). They have knocked Giovanni Paolo Pannini (3-2, 37-28, .569) and Claes Oldenburg (4-2, 43-36, .544), respectively, out of the Tournament.


Berthe Morisot
1841 - 1895
French







Norman Rockwell
1894 - 1978
American






Thursday, August 9, 2018

Left Bracket Round Four: Rubens v. Schwitters!





"Semifinals" designates the Fourth to Seventh Rounds of the Infinite Art Tournament.  This is a Left Bracket Fourth Round Match between Rubens (5-1-2, 59-30, .663) and Schwitters (3-1, 26-20, .565).  Leaving the Tournament after losing to Rubens is Léon Spilliaert (4-2, 38-34, .528).


Sir Peter Paul Rubens
1577 - 1640
Flemish









Kurt Schwitters
1887 - 1948
German
  • Beat fifteenth century German Martin Schongauer easily in Round 1.
  • Defeated Jan van Scorel in Round 2.
  • Beat Egon Schiele in Round 3 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Lost to Charles Sheeler in Round 4.






Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Infinite Art Tournament Left Bracket Third-Round Elimination: Velázquez v. Massys!


Today's match closes down the Left Bracket Third Round, which means that the eight bracket sheets on which the bulk of the Infinite Art Tournament was played out are now all closed.  It's basically all endgame from here on out.  Mostly, the paintings should be pretty easy on the eyes.

Leaving us this week -- the last guys to be heartbroken that they didn't make it to the semis -- are Wright of Derby (3-2; 38 vf, 20 va), whose remarkable .655 voting "batting average" puts him in third place among the 438 artists who have left the Tournament, and Lord Frederick Leighton (2-2-4; 47-52, .475), who will almost certainly be the artist who tied the most times.



Diego de Silva y Velázquez
1599 - 1660
Spanish






Quentin Massys
1465ish - 1530
Dutch




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Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Infinite Art Tournament Left Bracket Third-Round Elimination: Vieira da Silva v. Miró!

There have been four tiebreak matches going on in the Left Bracket Third Round, and both of today's artists got here by winning through one of them.  Losing to Vieira da Silva was Henry Raeburn (3-2-2; 42 vf, 34 va, .553) -- he of the ice-skating parsons -- while Miró joins us fresh from a victory over the sculptor Claus Sluter (3-2-1; 43- 30, .589).



Maria Elena Vieira da Silva
1908 - 1992
Portuguese; worked in France






Joan Miró
1893 - 1983
Spanish




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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Left Bracket Fifth Round Elimination: Fra Angelico v. Bosch!




Left Bracket Fifth Round Elimination continues with this match pairing Fra Angelico (6-1, 54-38, .587) against Hieronymus Bosch (6-1, 60-34, .638).  Bosch's loss came from Gianlorenzo Bernini, who subsequently fell to the Fra', so clearly there's no point in even holding this contest.  Or is there?

Leaving the Tournament are Bernini (4-2, 57-36, .613) and Giacomo Balla (4-2, 41-37, .526).  Bernini, who always enjoyed great voter turnout, leaves the Tourney as the 11th ranked artist by "batting average" but sixth by total voting margin.  Balla, who tended to lose big when he wasn't winning by a tight margin, ranks only 88th among the artists that have left the show.  


Fra Angelico
c.1387-1455
Italian
Known for his pious treatment of religious subjects – which he portrayed with unprecedented psychological penetration and a compelling realism – Fra Giovanni was first called "pictor angelicus," the Angelic Painter, shortly after his death in 1455, a name that came to be rendered in English as Fra Angelico. In 1984, Fra Angelico was beatified – the first step in the process toward sainthood – by Pope John Paul II, who also decreed him the patron of artists.
- The Met
  • Defeated Florentine master Andrea del Sarto in Round 1 by a decisive but respectful margin.
  • Beat Sofonisba Anguissola in Round 2 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!! (This match was incorrectly determined a tie in March 2012; the miscount was discovered in May 2013. YOUR VIGILANCE COUNTS!!!)
  • Made it past Arcimboldo in Round 3.
  • Lost to Albrecht Altdorfer in Round 4 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Beat Max Beckmann in the Left Bracket Fourth Round.
  • Beat Hendrick Avercamp in Left Bracket Fourth Round Elimination.
  • Edged out supersculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini in the Left Bracket Fifth Round. It was a two-vote swing! YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!








Hieronymus Bosch
c.1450 - 1516
Dutch
It is quite a feat that a Dutchman who painted 500 years ago remains one of the most notable apocalyptic painters of the world and one of art’s first visionary geniuses. Hieronymus Bosch is most celebrated for his detail-drenched and symbolic narrative renditions of the dance between heaven and hell through biblical-themed landscapes upon which play a revolving cast of fantastical, and often macabre humans, animals, monsters, and make-believe creatures. His paintings demonstrate our age-old tales of morality and the eventual fate of all sinners who succumb to the pleasures and perversity of the ego. These timeless stories, masterfully portrayed upon canvas in Bosch’s impeccably steady hand, continue to challenge interpretation as well as position the artist as one of the canon’s first original thinkers.
- The Art Story