Thursday, November 22, 2018

Left Bracket Fifth Round TIEBREAKER: Church v. Hopper!

Here's the second half of the tiebreaker duo that started Tuesday to resolve the Caravaggio/Church tie and the Klimt/Hopper tie.

Frederick Church
1826 - 1900
From the first, Church showed a remarkable talent for drawing and a strong inclination to paint in a crisp, tightly focused style. During the late 1840s and early 1850s Church experimented with a variety of subjects, ranging from recognizable views of American scenery, to highly charged scenes of natural drama, to imaginary creations based on biblical and literary sources.... Gradually, however, he began to specialize in ambitious works that combined carefully studied details from nature in idealized compositions that had a grandeur and seriousness beyond the usual efforts of his contemporaries.
- National Gallery of Art
  • Brutalized 13th Century master Cimabue in Round 1.
  • Lambasted Dutch still-life specialist Pieter Claesz in Round 2.
  • Took down the popular Joseph Cornell in what was described as a "cruel" Round 3 pairing.
  • Stunned Paul Cézanne in Round 4 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Fell hard to Gustave Caillebotte in Round 5.
  • Tied with Caravaggio in his first attempt at the Left Bracket Fifth Round. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!

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!!!
  • Tied with Gustav Klimt in his first attempt at the Left Bracket Fifth Round. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!


Chance said...

Hopper, I guess. It's a tough one.

mrs.5000 said...

Huh. I'm surprising myself a bit, because I'm fond of Hopper, but I think it's Church by an iceberg.

Christine M. said...


Morgan said...

Church. Hopper has the best painting/name-of-painting combo I can think of, but Church has the better paintings, which is what I've been asked to evaluate here. Boy, it's close, though.

Michael5000 said...

Mariah votes Hopper on Facebook.

boonec1974 said...

Hopper. And where art thou Nighthawks?

DrSchnell said...


Michael5000 said...

A surprisingly easy vote for Church, for me. Love that iceberg!

Michael5000 said...

Susan votes for Hopper!

Candida said...


UnwiseOwl said...

I came here planning to vote for my boy Hopper but nope wow Church is great, hey?

Cmon, Churchy baby!

Michael5000 said...

Gretchen goes for Church

Maddy said...

I like them both, but I'll go for Church, because his paintings aren't populated by lumpy people.

Michael5000 said...

Wow, Church takes the final three votes to win by a single vote -- with several voters implying that they expected to vote for Hopper. Wow! You just can't find this kind of excitement anywhere else on the internet. Final tally: Church seven, Hopper six.