Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Left Bracket Sixth Round Elimination: Caillebotte v. Dürer



And here we arrive at the Sixth Round Elimination.  We are down, you know, to 24 -- now, only 22 -- artists.  You can see 'em over in the sidebar on the right, if you are at the actual website on an actual computer: the undefeated titans of Sargent v. Vermeer, Leonardo v. Monet, van Gogh v. Varo, and Bruegel v. Degas, and then the one-loss giants of Wyeth v. Sheeler, Rembrandt v. Michelangelo, Homer v. Eakins, Klee v. Patenier, Picasso v. Ely, and Gentileschi v. Benton.  Those last twelve will soon be winnowed down to six, to join Caillebotte (who just upset Bosch, 8 votes to 6) and Dürer (who just ended Altdorfer's Cinderella story, a million votes to one).  

Basically, you may still find easy choices... but you shouldn't be expecting them.


Gustave Caillebotte
1848 - 1894
French
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










Albrecht Dürer
1471 - 1528
German
 No artist better fits Thomas Carlyle's definition of genius, as the "transcendent capacity of taking trouble," than Albrecht Dürer. The industry of the man was breathtaking, his mastery of detail astonishing, yet everything he did seemed fresh and newly minted. The most intellectual of northern Renaissance artists, but the one who responded most immediately to nature, to the world and the people around him, he was profoundly religious yet supremely open-minded.
- New York Times








12 comments:

CEM said...

I wanted to vote for Caillebotte because of the car-free streets in his paintings. But... Durer. Not really a fair contest.

DrSchnell said...

Caillebotte

Maddy said...

Tough choice, but I'm going with Caillebotte.

boonec1974 said...

Caillebotte!

Morgan said...

Caillebotte. Love me that wing painting, though.

Michael5000 said...

Mariah votes for Caillebotte on FB.

Nichim said...

Durer

mrs.5000 said...

Wow. Durer.

Michael5000 said...

Was surprised not to see Susan on here, but I checked my email and see she voted for Durer.

Michael5000 said...

Was surprised not to see myself on here, so I looked at the pictures and found it was a slam dunk for Durer.

Candida said...

Caillebotte. Sorry, Durer!

Michael5000 said...

Durer takes four straight votes to overcome a big deficit, but then loses it on the last vote! The German is out! Caillebotte has won another upset!

Durer obviously did very well in the Tournament to get this far. Moreover, he now becomes the artist who has left the Tournament with the highest voting average -- finally knocking Antonello da Messina out of the top spot, which he had held since November 2013. (By contrast, Antonello da Messina knocked out Marc Chagall, who had been in the top spot for 13 days. Chagall is currently ranked #121.)