Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Third Round: Vieira da Silva v. Tissot!



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






James Tissot
1836 - 1902
French
  • Beat Tintoretto in Round 1 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Put a big upset on Titian in Round 2.
  • Lost big to J.M.W. Turner in Round 3.




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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Element of the Month: Lithium!

February's Element of the Month:

Lithium!
Li
3

Atomic Mass: 6.94 amu
Melting Point: 180.50 °C
Boiling Point: 1330 °C

Lithium: this month for thee.
Thy elemental number 3!
Reacts with water and with air
Most readily, and thus quite rare
In its pure form, and rarer far
Than most light elements. The stars,
Through nucleosynthesis spin
All other things from hydrogen,
But Lithium is so unstable
The heat at which it's made is able
To tear it back apart, and so
Not much escapes the stellar glow.

It's metal but it's not for use
Within machinery. There you'd choose
Iron made steel in alloys strong.
For such stuff Lithium’s all wrong.
It is not made for heavy work –
You could cut through it with a fork.
Reactive as the day is long,
Leave it in water and it's gone.
You stand bereft upon the shore.
You’ll see your Lithium no more:
To hydroxide it will decay
And literally float away.


The Centerfold!


Many tried, but t’was one man,
Chemist William Thomas Brande
Who in 1821
Isolated Lithium.
(It's not Christian Gmelin’s fault
He couldn't reduce Lithium salts.)
The salts are what we designate
As “Lithium” that medicates
Several mental health conditions –
Bipolar, severe depression...
Why it works we are not sure,
Yet sometimes it's a total cure.

Lithium producers see
Growth in lightweight batteries.
Produce! Produce! But do not dream
Of Lithium vein or Lithium seam.
You concentrate it out of brine.
There's no such thing as a Lithium mine.


Lithium, painting by Giuseppe Pastore.  Offered for sale here.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Second Round: Ter Borch v. Terbrugghen!

Very probably the last Left Bracket Second Round match!



Gerard Ter Borch
1617 - 1681
Dutch

Lost to David Teniers in Round 1.
Tied with Yves Tanguy in First Round Elimination.
Beat Emil Nolde handily in First Round Elimination.






Hendrick Terbrugghen
1588 - 1629
Dutch

Beat pastry specialist Wayne Thiebaud in Round 1 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
Lost to Switzerland's Jean Tinguely in Round 2.






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Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Semi-Finals: Rembrandt v. Sargent!




"Semifinals" designates the Fourth to Seventh Rounds of the Infinite Art Tournament.  This is a Fifth Round Match.  It pits Rembrandt (4-0, 29-15, .659) against John Singer Sargent (4-0, 43-2, .956). They lambasted Rosa and H. Rousseau, respectively, by a combined total of 20 votes to 3.

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn
1606 - 1669
Dutch
Rembrandt was a 17th century painter and etcher whose work came to dominate what has since been named the Dutch Golden Age. One of the most revered artists of all time, Rembrandt's greatest creative triumphs are seen in his portraits of his contemporaries, illustrations of biblical scenes and self-portraits as well as his innovative etchings and use of shadow and light. - Biography.com
  • Survived a brush with Guido Reni in Round 1 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Beat Pierre Auguste Renoir in Round 2.
  • Edged by Diego Rivera in Round 3 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!
  • Crushed Salvator Rosa in Round 4.







John Singer Sargent
1856 - 1925
American
John Singer Sargent was an Italian-born American painter whose portraits of the wealthy and privileged provide an enduring image of Edwardian-age society.... He left behind a large body of work, including portraits, travel scenes, watercolors and impressionistic masterpieces that have defined his reputation into the current century; his works are still exhibited around the world. ...his admirable skill has given future generations a glimpse into the lives and characters of people long gone — certainly a gift to future generations, and one that those future generations have so far recognized as precious. - Biography.com
  • Beat Juan Sánchez Cotán easily despite crowd support in Round 1.
  • Skunked Roelandt Savery in Round 2.
  • Skunked Dutch still-life master Rachel Ruysch in Round 3.
  • Crushed Henri Rousseau in Round 4 by a two-vote swing.






ROUND SIX OPENS MARCH FIRST


Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Third Round: Toulouse-Lautrec v. Vallotton!



Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
1864 - 1901
French







Félix Vallotton
1865 - 1925
French
  • Defeated Maurice Utrillo by a single vote in Round 1. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Beat Kitagawa Utamaro in Round 2.
  • Lost to Jan Vermeer in Round 3.




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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Infinite Art Tournament, Left Bracket Third Round: Miró v. Massys!





Joan Miró
1893 - 1983
Spanish






Quentin Massys
1465ish - 1530
Dutch
  • Defeated Masolino in Round 1.
  • Decisively defeated Jan Davidsz de Heem in Round 2.
  • Lost to Henri Matisse in Round 3.




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Saturday, February 10, 2018

A Semi-Finals GRUDGE MATCH: Magritte v. Goldsworthy!






Back in the Summer of '15, Andy Goldsworthy trounced René Magritte eleven votes to four in a Third Round match.  Since then, Magritte has won three straight while Goldsworthy struggled through a tie, a hair's-breadth loss, and a hair's-breadth win.  Now, Magritte has a chance to ask for a reconsideration.

"Semifinals" are the Fourth to Seventh Rounds of the Infinite Art Tournament, and this is a Left Bracket Fourth Round Elimination Match.  Goldsworthy (4-1-1, 54-26, .675) has the Grudge Match advantage on Magritte (5-1, 47-28, .627), and will be awarded the win in the event of a voting tie. 

The artists they beat are El Lissitsky (3-2, 32-30, .516) and Fillipino Lipppi (5-2, 52-28, .650). Lippi, who lost to Goldworthy, displaces Boccioni as the third-ranking artist to have left the Tournament, with a "batting average" that trails only Antonello da Messina's and Fabritius's.


René Magritte
1898 - 1967
Belgian







Andy Goldsworthy
born 1956
British