Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Left Bracket Seventh Round: Degas v. Homer

This Left Bracket Seventh Round match pairs Edgar Degas, who made it all the way to the "Elite Eight" before falling to Pieter Brughel, with Winslow Homer.  After an early loss, Homer has now won more matches (11) and received more votes (104) than anyone else in the Tournament.  Will he receive enough votes to win this match?  You'll help decide!

Edgar Degas
1834 - 1917
Edgar Degas seems never to have reconciled himself to the label of “Impressionist,” preferring to call himself a “Realist” or “Independent.” Nevertheless, he was one of the group’s founders, an organizer of its exhibitions, and one of its most important core members. Like the Impressionists, he sought to capture fleeting moments in the flow of modern life, yet he showed little interest in painting plein-air landscapes, favoring scenes in theaters and cafés illuminated by artificial light, which he used to clarify the contours of his figures, adhering to his academic training. - The Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
  • Whupped it up on sculptor Richard Deacon in Round 1.
  • Stomped on Eugène Delacroix in Round 2.
  • Crushed countryman Honoré Daumier in Round 3.
  • Bested Caravaggio in Round 4.
  • Beat Albrecht Dürer in a tough Round 5 match.
  • Beat Gustave Caillebotte in Round 6 by a two-vote swing. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Lost to Pieter Bruegel in the Elite Eight round.

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


Morgan said...

Now this one's a tough one. I like both of these artists better than I like either of the ones on the right of the bracket from last week. I'll swing Degas.

Christine M. said...


DrSchnell said...


boonec1974 said...

Wow, I feel very conflicted. Love them both and similar in more ways than not. I guess that even though I like the implied stories of Homer a little more, Degas' craftsmanship stands out to me just a bit more: the unique perspectives and just them being more impressiony. So I'll vote Degas (but am kind of rooting for Homer).

Candida said...

After Caillebotte v. Varo, this is relatively easy: Degas.

mrs.5000 said...


Michael5000 said...

Susan votes for Homer.

Michael5000 said...

...and Keiko votes for Homer on FB.

UnwiseOwl said...

I never can resist a Facebook tag, and despite being a bit of a Degas fanboy am pleasantly surprising myself by voting for Homer.

Michael5000 said...

Also in the quorum call, we've got... let's see... Rebecca for Homer and Ann and Jen P (T) for Degas.

Michael5000 said...

Oh, and ME! Homer, easy.

Nichim said...


Alexandra Shields said...

Las Degas