Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Left Bracket Fifth Round: Wyeth v. Steen!

The final Left Bracket Fifth Round match pairs Andrew Wyeth (5-1, 67-20, .770) against Jan Steen (4-1, 36-20, .643).  Wyeth is full of spare yearning, and has run away with a lot of his Tournament matches.  Steen comes to party, and has tended to win the close ones.  Let's see who stays alive for the Fifth Round Elimination round!

Andrew Wyeth
1917 - 2009
Wyeth’s technical resources are remarkable. His work displays a strong linear quality, and within his limited palette—consisting mostly of earth tones—he achieves a subtly extensive range of colour. His paintings are precise and detailed, yet he moves them beyond photographic naturalism by imbuing them with a sense of subjective emotion. This work also exemplifies his use of unusual angles and his mastery of light.... Art historians have often characterized Wyeth’s work as sentimental and antithetical to the abstract trajectory of 20th-century art. In the face of such criticism, Wyeth’s work has always been popular.
- The Britannica

Jan Steen
1626ish - 1679
Steen is unique among leading 17th-century Dutch painters for his humour; he has often been compared to the French comic playwright Molière, his contemporary, and indeed both men treated life as a vast comedy of manners.... He was a master at capturing subtleties of facial expression, especially in children. His best works display great technical skill, particularly in the handling of colour. During Steen’s last years, his paintings began to anticipate the Rococo style of the 18th century, becoming increasingly elegant and somewhat less energetic, as in the Serenade (c. 1675), and showing a heavy French influence and an increased flamboyance.
- The Britannica
  • Defeated Frank Stella in Round 1 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Won easily against Adriaen van Ostade in Round 2.
  • Beat Graham Sutherland easily in Round 3.
  • Beat Jean Tinguely in Round 4 by a safe margin.
  • Lost to Jan Vermeer in Round 5.


Morgan said...


Michael5000 said...

Barry and Mariah vote Wyeth on Facebook.

Michael5000 said...

Susan votes for Wyeth.

DrSchnell said...

Wyeth! Though I do enjoy Steen's stuff.

mrs.5000 said...

Yeah, I like Wyeth in this one!

boonec1974 said...

Wyeth! Not sure what's doing on this side of the bracket.

Elder Moore said...

Wyeth hardly needs my vote but here it is anyway. <3

Candida said...


Michael5000 said...

My vote apparently won't help Steen much but here it is <3.

Michael5000 said...

Yikes, Wyeth crushes Steen by a score of Nine to Me and takes his place in the final 32 living artists -- living in the sense of "alive in the Tournament" anyway. He'll roll back into action against Turner on Tuesday!