Friday, September 28, 2018

Left Bracket Fifth Round: Rockwell v. Raphael!

This Left Bracket Fifth Round match pairs Norman Rockwell (5-1, 54-19, .740) against Raphael (4-1, 36-19, .655).  Rockwell arrived by way of a narrow win over over Berthe Morisot, and Raphael from a loss to Patenier. 

Norman Rockwell
1894 - 1978
Rockwell was a careful craftsman with an ability to represent detail realistically. The subjects of most of his illustrations were taken from everyday family and small-town life and were often treated with a touch of humour. Though loved by the public, Rockwell’s work was dismissed by most critics as lacking artistic merit and authentic social observation.
- Encyclopedia Britannica

1483 - 1520
It would be impossible to say which artist is the greatest painter of portraits, but many would award the palm to Raphael.  He had that combination of qualities that the portrait painter needs: a keen awareness of the sitter's personality -- an insight into what makes the sitter "tick" -- combined with the great painterly skills that can create forms and colors, that of themselves alone would give us pleasure.
- Sister Wendy's 1000 Masterpieces

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Left Bracket Fourth Round Elimination: Klimt v. Kandinsky!

In this here Left Bracket Fourth Round Elimination Match, Gustav Klimt (6-1, 60-23, .723) takes on Wassily Kandinsky (4-1-1, 43-23, .652). In getting to this round, they knocked Georges de La Tour (3-2, 37-25, .597) and Frantisek Kupka (4-2-1, 42-35, .545), respectively, right out of the Tournament.

Klimt has impressive stats going into the match, but he has lost to Paul Klee, who tied up with Kandinsky when they crossed Tournament paths.  What will happen is, the artist who gets the most votes will win!

Gustav Klimt
1862 - 1918

Wassily Kandinsky
1866 - 1944
Russian; worked internationally

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Left Bracket Fourth Round Elimination: Seurat v. Rubens!

This Left Bracket Fourth Round Elimination Match pits Georges Seurat (5-1, 45-24, .652) against Peter Paul Rubens (6-1-2, 68-35, .660). They have knocked Stanley Spencer (3-2, 38-23, .623) and Kurt Schwitters (3-2, 31-29, .517), respectively, out of the Tournament.

Georges Seurat
1859 - 1891

Sir Peter Paul Rubens
1577 - 1640

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Left Bracket Round Four: Velázquez v. Van der Weyden!

This Left Bracket Fourth Round Match is between Diego de Silva y Velázquez (4-1, 33-21, .611) and Rogier Van der Weyden (3-1, 30-21, .588). Quentin Massys (3-2-1, 37-37, .500) leaves us after losing big to Velázquez.

Diego de Silva y Velázquez
1599 - 1660

Rogier Van der Weyden
1399ish - 1464
  • Came from behind to beat Benjamin West in Round 1.
  • Came from way behind to take down Whistler in Round 2.
  • Beat John William Waterhouse easily in Round 3.
  • Lost to M. C. Escher in Round 4.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Left Bracket Round Four: Whistler v. Wyeth!

This All-American Left Bracket Fourth Round Match is between James Whistler (5-1, 55-28, .663) and Andrew Wyeth (3-1, 49-12, .803). Leaving the Tournament is Maurice de Vlaminck (4-2, 48-46, .514), who fell to Whistler in a close match.

James Abbot McNeill Whistler
1834 - 1903
American; worked in Britain

Andrew Wyeth
1917 - 2009
  • Defeated Jack Butler Yeats in Round 1.
  • Crushed fellow American Grant Wood in Round 2.
  • Trounced Frederic Leighton in Round 3.
  • Lost to Michelangelo by a single vote in Round 4. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!