Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Round Six: Sargent v. Sheeler

John Singer Sargent
1856 - 1925
Although Sargent painted, showed, and won praise for both portraits and subject pictures at the Salons between 1877 and 1882, commissions for portraits increasingly demanded his attention and defined his reputation. Sargent’s best-known portrait, Madame X, which he undertook without a commission, enlisted a palette and brushwork derived from Velázquez; a profile view that recalls Titian; and an unmodulated treatment of the face and figure inspired by the style of Édouard Manet and Japanese prints. The picture’s novelty and quality notwithstanding, it was a succès de scandale in the 1884 Salon, provoking criticism for Sargent’s indifference to conventions of pose, modeling, and treatment of space, even twenty years after Manet’s pioneering efforts.
- The Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
  • 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.
  • Encountered some resistance, but prevailed, against Rembrandt in Round 5.

Charles Sheeler
Self-Portrait, 1925.

1883 - 1965
As he entered the 1950s, Sheeler developed a distinctive late style. He still depicted urban architecture and industrial facilities, but he reduced objects to flat planes, rather than volumes, and pared away more detail than ever before.... He also devised complex, multiple-viewpoint compositions by overlapping two or more photographic negatives of the same subject and then transferring the resulting, synthesized image to canvas.... He left behind a body of work that explored the balance between abstraction and representation, photography and painting, an increasingly mechanized present and a more homespun past, uniting all these aspects in a skillful (and occasionally ambivalent) tension.
- - The Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
  • Beat Cindy Sherman in in Round 1.
  • Defeated Jan Siberechts easily in Round 2.
  • Beat Georges Seurat in Round 3 by a two-vote margin. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Beat Kurt Schwitters in Round 4 by a safe margin.
  • Defeated Paul Signac in Round 5.


Christine M. said...


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Nichim said...

I love Sheeler!

Chance said...

Sargent by a mile.

sekhen said...


mrs.5000 said...

I think Sheeler's awesome, but Sargent is even better.

Michael5000 said...

Mariah goes with Sargent on FB.

Chuckdaddy said...

Sargent and then some.

Michael5000 said...

Susan goes for Sargent.

boonec1974 said...

Nora votes for Sargent.

Michael5000 said...

Oh, Sargent for me. The four sisters there, that's one of my all-time fave cultural productions. Yep.

pfly said...


Candida said...


Michael5000 said...

Beth votes for Sargent.

Michael5000 said...

Sargent marches into the Elite Eight in style, having piled up twelve votes over Sheeler's two. Sargent/Vermeer ought to be interesting! But remember, Sheeler's still in it in the Left Bracket!