BOB KESSEL AMERICAN ARTIST More Art History

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ART HISTORY is an art series by American Artist Bob Kessel. Here are a few samples from the series.

DELACROIX

ART HISTORY: WOMAN WITH PARAKEET by Bob Kessel

 

HIROSHIGE

ART HISTORY: CLIFFSIDE by Bob Kessel

 

MATISSE

ART HISTORY: LE BON HEUR by Bob Kessel

 

JACQUES-LOUIS DAVID

ART HISTORY: LA MORT DE MARAT by Bob Kessel

 

RENOIR

ART HISTORY: ASSISE SUR UN ROCHER by Bob Kessel

 

INGRES

ART HISTORY: BAIN TURC by Bob Kessel

 

MUNCH

ART HISTORY: PIKENE PA BROEN by Bob Kessel

 

 

 

 

BOB KESSEL AMERICAN ARTIST Contemplation Series

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Contemplation is an art series by American Artist Bob Kessel. Shown here are a few samples from this art series.

“Pray all you want – heaven can’t hear you. It’s not going to stop the winter because you are cold, and it’s not going to make the earth smaller because you don’t want to walk so far. You pray for rain and it rains, but your prayer has nothing to do with it. Sometimes you don’t pray and it rains anyway. What do you say then? If you act wisely, good things tend to happen. Act like fool and bad things tend to happen. Don’t thank or curse heaven – it’s just the natural result of your own actions. If you want to have a better life, educate yourself and think carefully about the consequences of your actions.” 
― Xun Zi (荀況)312-230 BC

Contemplation: TO THE SEA by Bob Kessel

Contemplation: OCEAN VIEW by Bob Kessel

Contemplation: KANAYA by Bob Kessel

Contemplation: HILLS by Bob Kessel

Contemplation: VISTA by Bob Kessel

Contemplation: BRIDGE by Bob Kessel

Contemplation: FISHING by Bob Kessel

BOB KESSEL AMERICAN ARTIST Cote d’Azur Series

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Cote d’Azur is an art series by American Artist Bob Kessel. Shown here are a few samples from this art series.

Cote d’Azur: AGAY by Bob Kessel

Cote d’Azur: ANTIBES by Bob Kessel

Cote d’Azur: CAGNES by Bob Kessel

Cote d’Azur: GRANDE ARBES by Bob Kessel

Cote d’Azur: SAINT TROPEZ HARBOR by Bob Kessel

Cote d’Azur: SEA SHORE by Bob Kessel

Cote d’Azur: SUNSET by Bob Kessel

BOB KESSEL AMERICAN ARTIST Cinema Series

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Cinema is an art series by American Artist Bob Kessel. Shown here are a few samples from this art series.

CINEMA: LA BELLE NOISEUSE by Bob Kessel

La Belle Noiseuse (1991)
Director: Jacques Rivette

The former famous painter Frenhofer lives quietly with his wife in his countryside residence in the French Provence. When the young artist Nicolas visits him with his girlfriend Marianne, Frenhofer decides to start working again on a painting called ‘La Belle Noiseuse’, which he gave up a long time ago. And he wants Marianne as a model. The ensuing creative process will change the characters’ lives. It will become a struggle for truth and meaning, and the question about the limits of art will arise.

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CINEMA: THE WILD ONE by Bob Kessel

The Wild One (1953)
Director: Laslo Benedek
Starring: Marlon Brando

Two rival motorcycle gangs terrorize a small town after one of their leaders is thrown in jail.

Brando is the leader of a motorcycle gang.
An old man asks him, “Where are you going?”
Brando replies, “Going somewhere is for squares. We just go.”

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CINEMA: BELLE DE JOUR by Bob Kessel

Belle de Jour (1967)
Director: Luis Buñuel
From the novel by Joseph Kessel

Severine is a beautiful young woman married to a doctor. She loves her husband dearly, but cannot bring herself to be physically intimate with him. She indulges instead in vivid, kinky, erotic fantasies to entertain her sexual desires. Eventually she becomes a prostitute, working in a brothel in the afternoons while remaining chaste in her marriage.

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CINEMA: YOJIMBO by Bob Kessel

Yojimbo (1961)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Toshiro Mifune

Sanjuro, a wandering samurai enters a rural town in nineteenth century Japan. After learning from the innkeeper that the town is divided between two gangsters, he plays one side off against the other. His efforts are complicated by the arrival of the wily Unosuke, the son of one of the gangsters, who owns a revolver. Unosuke has Sanjuro beaten after he reunites an abducted woman with her husband and son, then massacres his father’s opponents. During the slaughter, the samurai escapes with the help of the innkeeper; but while recuperating at a nearby temple, he learns of innkeeper’s abduction by Unosuke, and returns to the town to confront him.

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CINEMA: GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES by Bob Kessel

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Director: Howard Hawks
Starring: Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell

Lorelei and Dorothy are just “Two Little Girls from Little Rock”, lounge singers on a transatlantic cruise, working their way to Paris, and enjoying the company of any eligible men they might meet along the way, even though “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.” Based on the Broadway musical based on the novel.

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CINEMA: LA DOLCE VITA by Bob Kessel

La Dolce Vita (1960)
Director: Federico Fellini

Journalist and man-about-town Marcello struggles to find his place in the world, torn between the allure of Rome’s elite social scene and the stifling domesticity offered by his girlfriend, all the while searching for a way to become a serious writer.

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CINEMA: THE RAZOR’S EDGE by Bob Kessel

The Razor’s Edge (1946)
Director: Edmund Goulding

Well-to-do Chicagoan, Larry Darrell, breaks off his engagement to Isabel and travels the world seeking enlightenment, eventually finding his guru India. Isabel marries Gray, and following the crash of 1929, is invited to live in Paris with her rich, social climbing, Uncle Elliot. During a sojurn there, Larry, having attained his goal, is reunited with Isabel. While slumming one night Larry, Isabel and company are shocked to discover Sophie, a friend from Chicago. Having lost her husband and child in a tragic accident, Sophie is living the low-life with the help of drugs and an abusive brute. Larry tries to rehabilitate her, but his efforts are sabotaged by Isabel who tries in vain to reignite Larry’s interest in herself.

Tibetan Monk: The pathway to salvation is as narrow and as difficult to walk as a razor’s edge.

Special mention-
The Razor’s Edge (1984)
Director: John Byrum
Starring Bill Murray as Larry Darrell

I much prefer this later version. I recommend everyone see it.

 

 

 

BOB KESSEL AMERICAN ARTIST Mythology Series

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Mythology is an art series by American Artist Bob Kessel. Shown here are a few samples from this art series.

MYTHOLOGY: IDYLL by Bob Kessel

MYTHOLOGY: TARQUIN by Bob Kessel

MYTHOLOGY: LEDA AND THE SWAN by Bob Kessel

MYTHOLOGY: DAPHNE & APOLLO by Bob Kessel

MYTHOLOGY: PYRAMUS & THISBE by Bob Kessel

MYTHOLOGY: ERATO by Bob Kessel

 

BOB KESSEL AMERICAN ARTIST Deuxieme Voyage Series

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Deuxieme Voyage is an art series by American Artist Bob Kessel. It is another try ten years later of the Tahiti series. Shown here are a few samples from this new art series.

Deuxieme Voyage: FRUIT BASKET by Bob Kessel

Deuxieme Voyage: CHAPEAU DE PAILLE by Bob Kessel

Deuxieme Voyage: MATA MOE by Bob Kessel

Deuxieme Voyage: CROSS by Bob Kessel

Deuxieme Voyage: WATERING HOLE by Bob Kessel

Deuxieme Voyage: TE BURAO by Bob Kessel