Art World Cup 2014: Round of Sixteen (B)
- Published 11 July 2014
Monet, Kandinsky, Klee and Dürer are in action in the next batch of Art World Cup battles. Which artists will come out on top to secure the last four quarter-final spots?
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Claude Monet (France) vs Mersad Berber (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Renoir, Sisley, Manet, Pissarro, Cézanne, Degas, Seurat. In the mid-to-late 19th century, France was home to an abundance of artistic talent comparable to Italy at the height of the Renaissance. Even among such an exceptional group of artists, Claude Monet rose to the top – the star of the Impressionist movement, which took its name from his painting Impression, Sunrise. In comparison, Mersad Berber looks like the clear underdog, but the lesser-known artist created a hard-hitting body of art that traced Bosnian-Herzegovinian history from the medieval period to the present day through his complex cycles of paintings. Could he be a dark horse for a quarter-final spot?
Paula Rego (Portugal) vs Wassily Kandinsky (Russia)
While many people known Paula Rego for her career in Britain – she studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, was a member of the London Group with David Hockney, and was the first artist-in-residence at the National Gallery – the feminist painter was born in Portugal, and launched her career with a series of solo exhibitions in Lisbon and Oporto. Russia's Wassily Kandinsky has the rare distinction of having created an entire movement: Abstract Expressionism. Credited as the the artist who created the first purely abstract works, his innovations paved the way for artists from Miro and Pollock to Hirst. Feminism versus abstraction – which will reach the last eight?
Benito Quinquela Martin (Argentina) vs Paul Klee (Switzerland)
Argentina's Benito Quinquela Martin didn't leave a wide-ranging oeuvre, but within his specialism he was unrivalled. His vivid depictions of La Boca, a bustling port in the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires, made him a national treasure at home and widely collected abroad, from Swansea to Rome. In contrast with Martin's scenes of daily life, Paul Klee's paintings, drawings and etchings danced on the cutting edge of the visual arts, drawing on expressionism, cubism and surrealism to create a unique, playful aesthetic. Will the single-subject specialist triumph over the great experimenter?
René Magritte (Belgium) vs Albrecht Dürer (Germany)
While the countries they represent share a border, the artists in the final match are separated by four centuries. One of the great surrealist artists, the Belgian painter René Magritte created works that were witty, humorous and puzzling, playing with the fine line between reality and illusion to spectacular effect. Nearly 400 years earlier, Albrecht Dürer was widely regarded as the greatest artist of the Northern Renaissance: an erudite figure whose skills ranged far beyond the canvas. A talented mathematician and theorist, he also revolutionised the art of the woodcut through his complex, ambitious pieces.