Saturday, March 31, 2018

Round Six: Varo v. Benton

Remedios Varo
1908 - 1963
Spanish; worked in Mexico
Her paintings are carefully drawn, making the astonishing stories or mystic legends especially convincing. Rejecting the male-dominated language of Surrealist doctrine, Varo often painted magnificent heroines busy with alchemical activities. A delicate figure may spin and weave tiny threads transforming them into musical instruments or fashion them into paintings of small birds. The settings are often medieval tower rooms equipped with occult laboratory devices. Figures wearing tattered garments may emerge from a forest of withered trees.... Varo borrowed from Romanesque Catalan frescoes and medieval architecture, mixed nature and technology, and combined reality and fantasy to create worlds that elude time and space.
- National Museum of Women in the Arts
  • Finished First in Phase 1, Flight 3 of the Play-In Tournament with a voting score of .917.
  • Finished First in Phase 2, Flight 1 of the Play-In Tournament with a voting score of .500.
  • Beat André Beauneveu in Round 1.
  • Defeated Katsushika Hokusai in Round 2.
  • Thumped Dutch Master Pieter De Hooch in Round 3.
  • Crushed Andō Hiroshige in a Round 4 11-1 blowout.
  • Beat Edward Hopper in Round 5 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!

Thomas Hart Benton
1889 - 1975
Throughout the 1930s and into the 1940s, Benton, who left New York in 1935 and settled in Kansas City, Missouri, became closely associated with a movement known as Regionalism, which exalted rural America and tended to disregard contemporary abstract art.
- The Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History


Morgan said...


Christine M. said...

Remedios Varo

boonec1974 said...


Nichim said...

I really love them both, but I love Remedios Varo more.

Michael5000 said...

Susan says "Benton -- Although Varo has grown on me & I'm sorry to have to vote against her."

Michael5000 said...

I wonder if they would have got along! I like Varo for much of the same reasons I like Varo, and would like to see her have a stronger profile in art history - although I guess that's true of Benton too. In any event, I vote Benton in this clash of the excellent underrated.

pfly said...

Aw man, can I vote for both? Okay, fine, I hate to vote against Varo, but I love Benton a bit more.

DrSchnell said...

Tough call! But Varo.

Candida said...


Sean said...


mrs.5000 said...

Oh, I'm going to go with Varo, though Benton has really grown on me!

Michael5000 said...

Did you expect Remedios Varo in the Elite Eight? Golly, me neither! But here she is, flying high with a 7-4 Sixth Round victory. Her new year's resolution for 2019? "Beat Vincent Van Gogh in Round Seven."