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
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. -
  • 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
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. -
  • 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.


Alex Shields said...


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Morgan said...

J O H N S I N G E R S A R G E N T, he says, pretty sure that he has voted for John Singer Sargent in this exact form at some point in the past

boonec1974 said...

Sargent, and it’s not particularly close for me.

Michael5000 said...

Rebecca says Rembrandt on FB.

Christine M. said...


UnwiseOwl said...

I'm going to back Rembrandt, but there's only a whisker in it.

mrs.5000 said...

I love Sargent, but Rembrandt is out in front, as undeniably as that girl's fingers curling over the edge of the frame.

Michael5000 said...

We've got another vote for Rembrandt on Facebook, but then two for Sargent. Zowie!

Maddy said...


DrSchnell said...


Michael5000 said...

Susan votes for Rembrandt via the U.S. Postal Service.

Michael5000 said...

I had a poster of one of these guys on my wall in high school (after I got through the Duran Duran phase, in any event). But I'm voting for the other one. Sargent.

Candida said...

Perhaps somewhat arbitrarily, I'm going Sargent today.

Nichim said...