Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Round Six: Vermeer v. Michelangelo

Jan Vermeer
1632 - 1675
With Rembrandt and Frans Hals, Vermeer ranks among the most admired of all Dutch artists, but he was much less well known in his own day and remained relatively obscure until the end of the nineteenth century. The main reason for this is that he produced a small number of pictures, perhaps about forty-five (of which thirty-six are known today), primarily for a small circle of patrons in Delft.... His compositions are mostly invented and exhibit the most discriminating formal relationships, including those of color. In addition, Vermeer’s application of paint reveals extraordinary technical ability and time-consuming care.
- The Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
  • Beat Veronese easily in Round 1.
  • Vanquished Maria Elena Vieira da Silva in Round 2.
  • Trounced Félix Vallotton in Round 3.
  • Beat Turner in Round 4 by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Got past Jan Steen in Round 5.

1475 - 1564
Michelangelo, in full Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, [was a] Italian Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, and poet who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Michelangelo was considered the greatest living artist in his lifetime, and ever since then he has been held to be one of the greatest artists of all time. A number of his works in painting, sculpture, and architecture rank among the most famous in existence.
- the Britannica
  • Beat Sir John Everett Millais by a single vote in Round 1. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Beat Spanish painter Joan Miró in Round 2.
  • Tied with Gabriel Metsu in his first try at Round 3. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Overcame Velázquez in a second try at Round 3.
  • Beat Andrew Wyeth in the final match of Round 4, by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Beat art-history outsider M.C. Escher in Round 5... by a single vote! YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Left Bracket Round Four: Toulouse-Lautrec v. Tinguely!

This Left Bracket Fourth Round Match is between Toulouse-Lautrec (5-1, 51-27, .654) and Jean Tinguely (3-1, 25-19, .568).  Leaving the Tournament after falling to Toulouse-Lautrec is James Tissot (3-2-1, 38-37, .507).

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
1864 - 1901

Jean Tinguely
1928 - 1991
  • Defeated Giovanni Battista Tiepolo in Round 1.
  • Held off Dutch Master Hendrick Terbrugghen in Round 2.
  • Came back from behind for a two-vote victory against Mexico's Rufino Tamayo in Round 3. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Lost to Jan Steen in Round 4.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Left Bracket Fourth Round Elimination: Rivera v. Sisley!

This Left Bracket Fourth Round Elimination Match pairs household name Diego Rivera (5-1, 44-26, .629) and Alfred Sisley (6-1-1, 63-31, .670).  They got here by defeating Henri Rousseau (3-2-1, 32-37, .464) and Salvator Rosa (3-2, 29-23, .558), respectively.

Diego Rivera
1886 - 1957

Alfred Sisley
1839 - 1899

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Left Bracket Round Four: Seurat v. Spencer!

This Left Bracket Fourth Round Match is between Georges Seurat (4-1, 38-18, .679) and Stanley Spencer (3-1, 32-16, .667).  Leaving the Tournament after falling to Seurat is Egon Schiele (3-2, 33-26, .559).

Georges Seurat
1859 - 1891

Sir Stanley Spencer
1891 - 1959
  • Crushed Chaim Soutine in an amazing come-from-behind victory in Round 1.
  • Beat Belgium's famous painter Léon Spilliaert in Round 2.
  • Beat Sodoma in Round 3.
  • Lost to Paul Signac in Round 4 by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Infinite Art Tournament Left Bracket Third-Round Elimination: Rubens v. Spilliaert!

Spilliaert just beat Michael Sittow, who beat Rubens in Round Two back in April 2017.  So obviously he'll win this one too.  Or will he? 

Sir Peter Paul Rubens
1577 - 1640

Léon Spilliaert
1881 - 1946


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