Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Left Bracket Seventh Round Elmination: Vermeer v. Wyeth



Vermeer beat Michelangelo, and Michelangelo beat Wyeth, so do we even need to play this round?  OF COURSE WE DO!!!  Vermeer and Wyeth, two of the last eight artists standing!


Jan Vermeer
1632 - 1675
Dutch
With Rembrandt and Frans Hals, Vermeer ranks among the most admired of all Dutch artists, but he was much less well known in his own day and remained relatively obscure until the end of the nineteenth century. The main reason for this is that he produced a small number of pictures, perhaps about forty-five (of which thirty-six are known today), primarily for a small circle of patrons in Delft.... His compositions are mostly invented and exhibit the most discriminating formal relationships, including those of color. In addition, Vermeer’s application of paint reveals extraordinary technical ability and time-consuming care.
- The Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History











Wyeth's "oblique self-portrait," Trodden Weed.
Andrew Wyeth
1917 - 2009
American
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







13 comments:

Nichim said...

Wyeth

DrSchnell said...

Wyeth

boonec1974 said...

Yeah- Wyeth

Morgan said...

Wyeth on this one. Michelangelo > Wyeth was a wild fluke.

mrs.5000 said...

Vermeer! Not that Wyeth isn't awesome. But, Vermeer!

Michael5000 said...

I like Wyeth, more than I thought I did. But Vermeer.

Michael5000 said...

Susan votes for Vermeer

Unwiseowl said...

Vermeer for me, though neither of them are really giving me that special feeling this morning.

Michael5000 said...

Mariah says "Wyeth" on FB.

Michael5000 said...

...and Helen votes Vermeer!

Candida said...

Vermeer.

Michael5000 said...

...and Jami votes Vermeer on FB.

Michael5000 said...

Wow! Wyeth leaps out to a 4-0 lead, Vermeer comes back with four straight, then there's a bit of a scrum, and then it's Vermeer with 7 votes, and only 5 for Wyeth... which means Vermeer beats Michelangelo, and Michalangelo beats Wyeth, and: Vermeer beats Wyeth! The American ends his dazzling run through the late brackets with the sixth highest vote ratio of anyone, but the famous Dutch guy stays alive to take on... another famous Dutch guy!