Thursday, November 8, 2018

Left Bracket Fifth Round: Klimt v. Hopper!

This Left Bracket Fifth Round match pairs Gustav Klimt (7-1, 66-27, .710) against Edward Hopper (4-1, 40-23, .635).  Klimt beat Kandinsky, whose 4-2-1, 46-29, .613 record gives him the 14th best record among the exited artists. Hopper lost a close one to Remedios Varo to arrive in the Left-Hand brackets.

Gustav Klimt
1862 - 1918
Gustav Klimt painted... many scenes at the Attersee, a lake near Salzburg where he often spent his summers beginning in 1900. Klimt frequently used a telescope or opera glasses when composing his landscapes; these devices allowed him to see in great detail while at the same time collapsing the middle distance. The flatness of the resulting close-up perspective gives the surface of the canvas the appearance of a densely knotted tapestry....
- The Phillips Collection

Edward Hopper
1882 - 1967
By the late 1920s, Hopper developed his mature style, characterized by depictions of lonely urban and small town scenes in which there may be only a few silent, solitary figures. Often he shows only the drab architecture, devoid of human life. Hopper’s vision of the American scene was one of alienation and anxiety. His life and art were remarkably consistent: a very private person, he endowed the figures in his paintings with a similar sense of detachment. Hopper divided his time between a small apartment in New York’s Greenwich Village and trips to New England, continuing to synthesize and distill his observations of contemporary life into hauntingly familiar scenes.
- The Phillips Collection
  • Took out French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon in Round 1.
  • Knocked Raoul Dufy into the Left Bracket in Round 2.
  • Had a solid victory over Ingres in Round 3.
  • Beat Frida Kahlo in Round 4 by a respectable margin.
  • Lost to Mexican surrealist Remedios Varo in Round 5 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!


Christine M. said...


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Morgan said...

Hopper, even though my parents used to have a print of that one Klimt painting so I have nostalgic feelings towards him.

Michael5000 said...

OK, on Facebook we've got three votes for Hopper and two for WAIT A MINUTE, ELDER MOORE VOTED ON BOTH PLATFORMS! Good thing I run such a tight ship.

On Facebook, the ~~net gain in votes~~ is two for Hopper, two for Klimt!

boonec1974 said...

I like Hopper's implied stories, but his people always bother me: too cartoonish, which then takes away a bit from the story to me. His paintings imply something so real, but his people inspire the opposite. Anyway, I love Klimt so he'd probably get my vote regardless.

Michael5000 said...

Grace votes for Klimt on Facebook.

DrSchnell said...


Michael5000 said...

And Michael votes for Klimt on FB.

Candida said...


Michael5000 said...

OK, hold up! We're twelve votes in, the polling is tied at six-all, and we have a previous tie in this bracket that seriously needs some resolution. So we are going to declare Hopper/Klimt a TIE, voters, a TIE, and we're going to send them right back into the action against Caravaggio and Church! It's gonna be great.

Michael5000 said...

...and Susan's vote for Hopper came in too late! This is the kind of thing that really polarizes a football stadium.

Nichim said...

But wait I wanted to vote for Hopper too!!