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PABLO PICASSO AND FRANCOISE GILOT by Bob Kessel
Jan 30th, 2010 by admin

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PABLO PICASSO AND FRANCOISE GILOT by Bob Kessel
after Robert Capa

“I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.”

- PABLO PICASSO

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PABLO PICASSO AND FRANCOISE GILOT by Robert Capa

MATISSE ODALISQUES by Bob Kessel
Jan 28th, 2010 by admin

Due to the recurrent incidence of nude women and intensely sensual interpretation many observers have assumed that as a man Matisse must have been a hedonist. On the contrary, historic examination demonstrates that in reality, he was rather a self-abnegating Northerner who lived only to work, and did so in chronic anguish, recurrent panic, and amid periodic breakdowns. While Picasso recompensed himself, as he went along, with gratifications of intellectual and erotic play Matisse did not. In an age of ideologies, Matisse dodged all ideas except perhaps one: that art is life by other means.

Matisse’s uninhibited celebration of women is often believed to have initiated from Cézanne’s painting Three Bathers (1882) (which he had acquired for himself along with a Van Gogh and a Gauguin). However, Matisse depicts women as nurturing, welcoming, and unlike the forbidding, massive clay-like presence of those of Paul Cezanne.

Matisse continued to evolve in unexpected directions even though never became an abstract painter (though some of his most adventurous works, such as the View of Notre Dame of 1914 or the Yellow Curtain of 1916 come close). His motifs were always recognizable, and the tension between the subject and the formal aspects of the painting was a central concept of his artistic ideal.

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ODALISQUE WITH CULOTTES by Bob Kessel
after Henri Matisse

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STRIPED ODALISQUE  by Bob kessel
after Henri Matisse

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TOPLESS ODALISQUE  by Bob kessel
after Henri Matisse

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BLUE ODALISQUE by Bob Kessel
after Henri Matisse

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NAPPING ODALISQUE by Bob Kessel
after Henri Matisse

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SEATED ODALISQUE by Bob Kessel
after Henri Matisse

ROMANTICISM by Bob Kessel
Jan 27th, 2010 by admin

Bob Kessel has a new art series “ROMANTICISM”. Romanticism, first defined as an aesthetic in literary criticism around 1800, gained momentum as an artistic movement in France and Britain in the early decades of the 19th century and flourished until mid-century. With its emphasis on the imagination and emotion, Romanticism emerged as a response to the disillusionment with the Enlightenment values of reason and order in the aftermath of the French Revolution of 1789.

Along with plumbing emotional and behavioral extremes, Romantic artists expanded the repertoire of subject matter, rejecting the didacticism of Neoclassical history painting in favor of imaginary and exotic subjects. Orientalism and the worlds of literature stimulated new dialogues with the past as well as the present.

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L’ORIGINE DU BONHEUR by Bob Kessel after Gustave Courbet

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MARAT by Bob Kessel after Jacques-Louis David

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SEASIDE GIRL by Bob Kessel after Pierre Puvis de Chavannes

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PAINTER by Bob Kessel after Boucher

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ODYSSEUS by Bob Kessel after Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

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PAOLO AND FRANCESCA by Bob Kessel after Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

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LOVERS by Bob Kessel after Francesco Hayez

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LIBERTY by Bob Kessel after Eugene Delacroix

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BANKS OF THE SEINE by Bob Kessel after Gustave Courbet

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FISHERMAN AND SIREN by Bob Kessel after Frederic Lord Leighton

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NYMPHS by Bob Kessel after William Bouguereau

FUJI DIAMOND by Bob Kessel
Jan 18th, 2010 by admin

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FUJI DIAMOND by Bob Kessel

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