Thursday, January 3, 2019

Left Bracket Sixth Round: Bosch v. Caillebotte!

Along with the "Elite Eight" artists who have no losses going into Round Seven, there are sixteen artists in the Left Bracket's Sixth Round who have only one loss apiece -- let's call them the "Successful Sixteen."  Here's the first of the eight matches that will winnow them down to the "Also Quite Exceptional Eight."

There's a tradition that this figure is a self-portrait.

Hieronymus Bosch
c.1450 - 1516
It is quite a feat that a Dutchman who painted 500 years ago remains one of the most notable apocalyptic painters of the world and one of art’s first visionary geniuses. Hieronymus Bosch is most celebrated for his detail-drenched and symbolic narrative renditions of the dance between heaven and hell through biblical-themed landscapes upon which play a revolving cast of fantastical, and often macabre humans, animals, monsters, and make-believe creatures. His paintings demonstrate our age-old tales of morality and the eventual fate of all sinners who succumb to the pleasures and perversity of the ego. These timeless stories, masterfully portrayed upon canvas in Bosch’s impeccably steady hand, continue to challenge interpretation as well as position the artist as one of the canon’s first original thinkers.
- The Art Story

Gustave Caillebotte
1848 - 1894
Impressionists such as... Gustave Caillebotte enthusiastically painted the renovated city, employing their new style to depict its wide boulevards, public gardens, and grand buildings.... Caillebotte’s 1877 Paris Street, Rainy Day exemplifies how these artists abandoned sentimental depictions and explicit narratives, adopting instead a detached, objective view that merely suggests what is going on. - The Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
  • Defeated mobile pioneer Alexander Calder in Round 1.
  • Held out against Edward Burra in Round 2.
  • Fought to a draw with Caravaggio in Round 3.
  • Crushed Corot in the Round 3 tiebreaker.
  • Blasted Mary Cassatt in a Round 4 15-0 blowout.
  • Beat Frederick Church easily in Round 5
  • Lost to Edgar Degas in Round 6.


Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

This one was tough for me. I like the first guy because some of those works look like Slayer albums, but I really have to go with the second guy. I absolutely love that last one. It's in the Art Institute in Chicago.

boonec1974 said...

Both of these artists would get my vote over pretty much every other artist that is left on the left. I guess I'll lean just slightly Caillebotte.

Morgan said...


Michael5000 said...

On Facebook, we've got Mariah for Caillebotte, Jennifer P. for Caillebotte, and Jen P's daughter for Bosch.

Michael5000 said...

And Shu-Ju for Bosch!

Nichim said...

Caillebotte. Suck it, Bosch, I hate you.

UnwiseOwl said...

Sorry Bosch. This is as far as you go.
One vote for Caillebotte here.

Michael5000 said...

Don't listen to them, Hieronymous! You'll always be my first art-historical love!

DrSchnell said...

Tough one! Bosch.

Michael5000 said...

Susan votes for Bosch.

Candida said...

Oh, this hurts! But I'm going to go with Caillebotte.

Michael5000 said...

OK, let's see here... Eight for Caillebotte, and... six for Bosch... Is that right? It's right! It's right! Caillebotte has upset Hieronymous Bosch! Caillebotte will be one of the last sixteen standing!!!