Thursday, July 4, 2019

Left Bracket Eighth Round Elimination: Caillebotte v. van Gogh

Well, it's official: Vermeer and Leonardo da Vinci are really good artists.  But the four best artists in the world are Gustave Caillebotte, Vincent van Gogh, John Singer Sargent, and Pieter Bruegel.

But in what order?  We'll need two or three more matches to figure that out, as the IAT trundles on towards its exciting conclusion!

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

Vincent van Gogh
1853 - 1890
Dutch; worked in France
Over the course of his decade-long career (1880–90), he produced nearly 900 paintings and more than 1,100 works on paper. Ironically, in 1890, he modestly assessed his artistic legacy as of “very secondary” importance.... By the outbreak of World War I, with the discovery of his genius by the Fauves and German Expressionists, Vincent van Gogh had already come to be regarded as a vanguard figure in the history of modern art.
- The Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
  • Beat up on Hugo van der Goes in Round 1.
  • Got past Natalia Gontcharova in Round 2.
  • Gave El Greco a real drubbing in Round 3.
  • Lambasted Giotto in a Round 4 13-1 blowout.
  • Beat Atkinson Grimshaw in Round 5.
  • Beat Thomas Eakins in a spirited Round 6 match.
  • Beat Remedios Varo by a wide margin, but with a lot of torn voters, in Round 7 match.
  • Lost to Brughel in Round 8
  • Beat Vermeer easily in Left Bracket Round 8


Michael5000 said...

And we start with a vote for Caillebotte on FB!

UnwiseOwl said...

Van Gogh for me, thanks, but I'd happily hang a minor work by either in my living room.

Morgan said...

A part of me really wants to be a hipster and vote for Caillebotte, but the other guy's praised so highly for a reason. Van Gogh!

mrs.5000 said...

Van Gogh!

Michael5000 said...

An additional one apiece on Facebook!

Candida said...

I will always love Caillebotte, but I will always love Van Gogh.

Right. That doesn't really answer the question, does it?

Van Gogh, but this hurts about as much as any of the votes all tournament.

Maddy said...


Michael5000 said...

Van Gogh for me without too much trouble. Although I too would happily hang something by either in my living room.

Nichim said...

I really really love that one painting of the floor strippers, but as a total, I vote for Van Gogh

boonec1974 said...

Brutal decision. And I'm so happy Caillebotte has made the final 4. Wow! But my vote will go to van Gogh.

Michael5000 said...

And Susan wraps it up with a postcard vote for Van Gogh!

Michael5000 said...

Caillebotte wins Fourth Place in the Infinite Art Tournament!

...and van Gogh proceeds to the next hurdle, taking on John! Singer! Sargent! in the Left Bracket Final!