Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Left Bracket Seventh Round: Klee v. Vermeer

I hardly know what to say about Klee vs. Vermeer!

Paul Klee
1879 - 1940
Klee is known for his simple stick figures, suspended fish, moon faces, eyes, arrows, and quilts of color, which he orchestrated into fantastic and childlike yet deeply meditative works.... By 1915, he had turned his back to nature and never again painted after the model. With abstracted forms and merry symbols, he expressed the most diverse subjects drawn from his imagination, poetry, music, literature, and his reaction to the world around him . His subjects reveal his impish humor and his bent toward the fantastic and the meditative. 
- The Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

Jan Vermeer
1632 - 1675
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
  • Beat Veronese easily in Round 1.
  • Vanquished Maria Elena Vieira da Silva in Round 2.
  • Trounced Félix Vallotton in Round 3.
  • Beat Turner in Round 4 by a single vote. YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
  • Got past Jan Steen in Round 5.
  • Beat Michaelangelo in Round 6.
  • Lost to John Singer Sargent in Round 7.


Morgan said...

Well shucks, Vermeer, I guess!

Christine M. said...

Tough one. Vermeer.

DrSchnell said...


boonec1974 said...

Klee for sure.

mrs.5000 said...

Ooooh. Adore them both. I'll go with Vermeer.

Nichim said...

Hoo boy. Klee.

Alexandra Shields said...