Thursday, March 1, 2018

Round Six: Caillebotte v. Degas

Gustave Caillebotte
1848 - 1894
Impressionists such as... Gustave Caillebotte enthusiastically painted the renovated city, employing their new style to depict its wide boulevards, public gardens, and grand buildings.... Caillebotte’s 1877 Paris Street, Rainy Day exemplifies how these artists abandoned sentimental depictions and explicit narratives, adopting instead a detached, objective view that merely suggests what is going on. - The Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
  • Defeated mobile pioneer Alexander Calder in Round 1.
  • Held out against Edward Burra in Round 2.
  • Fought to a draw with Caravaggio in Round 3.
  • Crushed Corot in the Round 3 tiebreaker.
  • Blasted Mary Cassatt in a Round 4 15-0 blowout.
  • Beat Frederick Church easily in Round 5.

Edgar Degas
1834 - 1917
Edgar Degas seems never to have reconciled himself to the label of “Impressionist,” preferring to call himself a “Realist” or “Independent.” Nevertheless, he was one of the group’s founders, an organizer of its exhibitions, and one of its most important core members. Like the Impressionists, he sought to capture fleeting moments in the flow of modern life, yet he showed little interest in painting plein-air landscapes, favoring scenes in theaters and cafés illuminated by artificial light, which he used to clarify the contours of his figures, adhering to his academic training. - The Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
  • Whupped it up on sculptor Richard Deacon in Round 1.
  • Stomped on Eugène Delacroix in Round 2.
  • Crushed countryman Honoré Daumier in Round 3.
  • Bested Caravaggio in Round 4.
  • Beat Albrecht Dürer in a tough Round 5 match.


Morgan said...

Degas. I really admire the breadth of Caillebotte, but none of his paintings hold a candle to Degas #2, in my mind.

Christine M. said...


Michael5000 said...

Mariah votes for Degas on Facebook.

UnwiseOwl said...

I love Caillebotte. Degas is fantastic, but Caillebotte's got him beat in my book.

boonec1974 said...

Wow. Welcome to the Elite 8 (sort of)! Elliott and I go with Caillebotte. Nora would like to vote for both. (And yes, I reviewed with her rule 7AIIIbvii.)

DrSchnell said...

I vote for both! But if I gotta choose..... Degas....

Candida said...

Sunny days or rainy days, I want to spend them all with Caillebot.

Nichim said...


mrs.5000 said...

Well, I wonder about the alternative universe where Caillebotte paints to a ripe old age. What marvels are we missing? But as it is, Degas gets my vote.

Michael5000 said...

Susan votes for Degas.