Thursday, December 27, 2018

Left Bracket Fifth Round Elimination: Homer v. Church!

It's an All-American Fifth Round Elimination match!  Winslow Homer lost his second match to Dutch master Pieter De Hooch, but has since put together a seven-win streak that included victories over Frida Kahlo, Bouguereau, and Dutch master Pieter de Hooch.  Frederick Church, ten years his elder, has fewer wins, but they include Joseph Cornell, Cezanne, and now Edward Hopper.  Kind of an unstoppable force/immovable object sort of situation here, as the Infinite Art Tournament does what it does best, and continues!

Winslow Homer
1836 - 1910
...this great painter of the American scene did not lose the edge when it came to the probity and drama of his art.... In works such as Fox Hunt (1893) and Right and Left (1909), Homer dealt with profound issues of existence, while in his paintings of the pounding surf of the Maine coast he brought nature to center stage.
- Smithsonian

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!!!
  • Came from behind to beat Edward Hopper by a single vote in the Left Bracket Round 5 tiebreaker. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!


Morgan said...

Last round I voted for Church, after going in expecting to vote Hopper. This time I'll vote for Homer, after going in expecting to vote Church.

boonec1974 said...


Michael5000 said...

Mariah votes for Church on FB.

DrSchnell said...


UnwiseOwl said...

I love them both and refuse to cast a vote that might contribute to one of them leaving the tournament.

Michael5000 said...

Let's say Homer for me.

mrs.5000 said...


Michael5000 said...

Susan loves both, but lands on Homer.

Candida said...


Michael5000 said...

Six votes for Homer, two for Church, and one fortunate formal abstention that gets us to a quorum! That all adds up to... Homer taking on Eakins in another American league match, and Church departing with some outrageously strong record that I haven't calculated yet. Thanks for your votes!