Blogging can be a tricky business at best, coming up with engaging content is not always easy. Sometimes you have to set yourself a challenge to get the juices flowing. Any regular readers of this blog will have noticed an irregular set of posts entitled Who’s the Greatest Artist? What I thought would be a quick summer series has now stretched out over two years. I hadn’t really appreciated the scope of the project when I started down this road, but I would have to say it being one of the most enjoyable to research and write. Close to 14 000 words later and here we are. As I approach writing the final four face-offs: Picasso vs Van Gogh and Da Vinci vs Michelangelo, I thought I would compile the story so far.
Here’s the one that started it all and explains the premise – Who’s the Greatest Artist?
I didn’t want to make it easy on myself so I intentionally tried to create difficult match-ups – Picasso vs Rembrandt
I liked the idea of using the artist’s likenesses in the banner for each piece – Goya vs Rothko
In my mind the outcome of some match-ups were more obvious than others – Dali vs Warhol
I liked this one because it pits two very intellectual artists against one another – Da Vinci vs Duchamp
As I went along, it was increasingly enjoyable to find the parallels between the two – Bacon vs Basquiat
This may have been one of the more difficult one’s to decide – Cezanne vs Kandinsky
Sometimes the two artists couldn’t be more unalike if you tried –Velazquez vs Van Gogh
This was a tough one because whoever got eliminated could easily have gone on to the top of the bracket –
That was the first round, now I had the daunting task of writing about some of the same artists all over again but try to keep it fresh. In my mind I knew I had to pace myself and if I knew a particular artist might advance I had to keep some interesting information for later. Some pairings really helped to inform the direction the piece would take. Now on to the quarter-finals.
I made sure I found pictures where they are both wearing their ‘trademark’ striped shirts – Warhol vs Picasso
This one was probably the most lopsided of the bunch – Bacon vs Van Gogh
I had to eliminate one of my all time favourites, which is always a bit difficult – Da Vinci vs Goya
David and the Giant Peach – Michelangelo vs Cezanne
This brings us up to date and soon the semi-finals. At this point, I’m still not sure who is going to take this thing and that’s part of the enjoyment. I hope you have had a fraction of the amount of pleasure reading these things as I have had writing them.