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ART HISTORY series by Bob Kessel
Jul 15th, 2009 by admin

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Bob Kessel with his paintings “BERLIN FRAU” and “ARISTIDE”

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“ART HISTORY” is an art series by Bob Kessel featuring pictures based on famous artist’s paintings throughout history like the Degas inspired print “SPONGE” shown below. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

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Bob Kessel with his Degas inspired print titled “SPONGE”

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Bob Kessel’s Gauguin inspired pictures

EDWARD HOPPER by Bob Kessel
Jul 11th, 2009 by admin

“If I could say it with words there’d be no reason to paint.” – Edward Hopper

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NEW YORK MOVIE by Bob Kessel

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NEW YORK MOVIE  by Edward Hopper 1939

Bob Kessel has created a picture based on the paintings of Edward Hopper as part of the “ART HISTORY” series. The picture is available as a limited edition, signed and numbered, fine art print. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

A portrait of Edward Hopper by Bob Kessel as part of the “ARTISTS ON ART” series can be viewed here.

Edward Hopper 1882-1967, was a prominent American realist painter and printmaker. While most popularly known for his oil paintings, he was equally proficient as a watercolorist and printmaker in etching. In both his urban and rural scenes, his spare and finely calculated renderings reflected his personal vision of modern American life.

His teacher, artist Robert Henri, taught life class. Henri encouraged his students to use their art to “make a stir in the world”. He also advised his students, “It isn’t the subject that counts but what you feel about it” and “Forget about art and paint pictures of what interests you in life.”In this manner, Henri influenced Hopper, as well as famous students George Bellows and Rockwell Kent, and motivated them to render realistic depictions of urban life. Some artists in Henri’s circle, including another teacher of Hopper’s, John Sloan, became members of “The Eight”, also known as the Ashcan School of American Art. His first existing oil painting to hint at his famous interiors was Solitary Figure in a Theater.

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In 1905, Hopper landed a part-time job with an advertising agency, where he did cover designs for trade magazines. Much like famed illustrator N. C. Wyeth, Hopper came to detest illustration, but was bound to it by economic necessity until the mid-1920’s.

PICTURES OF BEAUTIFUL WOMEN by Bob Kessel
Jul 8th, 2009 by admin

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BIJIN RINSING HAIR by Bob Kessel

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Bob Kessel has created a new art series titled, “BIJINGA” based on the Ukiyo-e  genre wood block prints. The pictures are available as limited edition fine art prints, signed and numbered by the artist. Contact Bob Kessel for prices and availability.

Bijinga (美人画) is a generic term for PICTURES OF BEAUTIFUL WOMEN in Japanese art, especially in woodblock printing of the ukiyo-e genre, which predate photography. The term can also be used for modern media, provided they conform to a somewhat classic representation of a woman, usually depicted wearing a kimono.

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BIJIN COMBING HAIR by Bob Kessel

EDOUARD MANET by Bob Kessel
Jul 6th, 2009 by admin

“Painters, and especially Édouard Manet,
who is an analytic painter,
do not share the masses’ obsession with the subject:
to them, the subject is only a pretext to paint,
whereas for the masses only the subject exists.”

— Emile Zola, 1867

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BAR GIRL by Edouard Manet

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BAR GIRL by Bob Kessel after Manet

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Bob Kessel’s art series “MANET” features pictures based on the paintings of Edouard Manet like in the picture “BAR GIRL” shown above. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

“I need to work to feel well.”

- Edouard Manet

Édouard Manet 1832 – 1883, was a French painter. One of the first nineteenth century artists to approach modern-life subjects, he was a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism.His early masterworks The Luncheon on the Grass and Olympia engendered great controversy, and served as rallying points for the young painters who would create Impressionism. Today these are considered watershed paintings that mark the genesis of modern art.

His early masterworks The Luncheon on the Grass ( Le déjeuner sur l’herbe ) and Olympia engendered great controversy, and served as rallying points for the young painters who would create Impressionism. Today these are considered watershed paintings that mark the genesis of modern art.

In 1863 Manet married Suzanne Leenhoff, a Dutch-born piano teacher of his own age with whom he had been romantically involved for approximately ten years. Leenhoff initially had been employed by Manet’s father, Auguste, to teach Manet and his younger brother piano. She also may have been Auguste’s mistress. In 1852, Leenhoff gave birth, out of wedlock, to a son, Leon Koella Leenhoff.

Manet died of untreated syphilis and rheumatism, which he contracted in his forties. The disease caused him considerable pain and partial paralysis from locomotor ataxia in the years prior to his death.

His left foot was amputated because of gangrene. He died eleven days later at the age of fifty-one in Paris in 1883, and was buried in the Cimetière de Passy in the city.

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Bob Kessel with Manet print

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OLYMPIA by Bob Kessel after Manet

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ON THE BEACH by Bob Kessel after Manet

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LUNCHEON ON THE GRASS (Le déjeuner sur l’herbe) by Bob Kessel after Manet

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MONET PAINTING by Bob Kessel after Manet

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