Thursday, May 16, 2019

Left Bracket Seventh Round Elimination GRUDGE MATCH: Caillebotte v. Degas

Somehow I figured we were done with Grudge Matches, but then here we go reopening the question of Caillebotte v. Degas, which we all thought we'd resolved in March '18 when the French guy -- well, Degas -- took eight out of fourteen votes.  But then he lost to Bruegel before beating Homer in his most recent match.

Caillebotte, meanwhile, got back in the game with a run of three wins, against Bosch, Durer, and Varo.  And so, here they are again.  Let's look deep inside ourselves and decide whether we really truly think Degas is better, or have we changed our collective minds.  Degas takes a tie according to the Grudge Match rule.

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

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. 
  • Beat Winslow Homer in the Left Bracket Seventh Round by a two-vote swing.  YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!


boonec1974 said...


Morgan said...

Degas for sure!

UnwiseOwl said...

Caillebotte! I hope I voted for him last time too.

DrSchnell said...


Eric said...

Gustave Caillebotte

mrs.5000 said...

Ooh, toughie. I'm going to stick with Degas.

Nichim said...

They both suck, and I want Varo.

Michael5000 said...

I don't think either of them suck personally, not at all, but I actually do kind of agree that they are a round or two further in than I would have liked to seen them go. I like that we've collectively "discovered" Caillebotte (who?), too. I'll vote for him.

Candida said...


Michael5000 said...

Mariah says Caillebotte on FB.

Nichim said...

Alright, Caillebotte. For the floor refinishers.

Michael5000 said...

Caillebotte has won the Grudge Match! Caillebotte has won the Grudge Match EASILY, eight votes to two! Degas exits the Tournament with only the 49th strongest record; Caillebotte (with the 11th) moves on to try his luck against Leonardo da Vinci!

Michael5000 said...

Errata: Susan's vote was in well before time via email, and went off the radar. That makes it an eight-three match, and moves Dega's vote-ratio score from 49th place to 47th place.