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MATISSE GOLDFISH by Bob Kessel
Sep 9th, 2010 by admin

The Museum of Modern Art in New York City has a new exhibition, Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913–1917.

In the time between Henri Matisse’s (1869–1954) return from Morocco in 1913 and his departure for Nice in 1917, the artist produced some of the most demanding, experimental, and enigmatic works of his career—paintings that are abstracted and rigorously purged of descriptive detail, geometric and sharply composed, and dominated by shades of black and gray. Works from this period have typically been treated as unrelated to one another, as an aberration within the artist’s development, or as a response to Cubism or World War I.

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MATISSE GOLDFISH by Bob Kessel

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Bob Kessel has created an art series titled, “Something Fishy”. It features pictures based on the works of Henri Matisse like the picture “MATISSE GOLDFISH” shown above. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

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GOLDFISH BOWL by Bob Kessel

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FUTURISMO MATISSE GOLDFISH by Bob Kessel

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Two poster set placed side by side combines to make one large picture. Bob Kessel art inspired by the work of Henri Matisse.

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Kay with half of SOMETHING FISHY poster, which side by side create one large image.

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Bob Kessel has created an art series titled, “Something Fishy”.
It features pictures based on the works of Henri Matisse like the picture “MATISSE GOLDFISH” shown below.
These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition original fine art prints.
Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

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FISH RED STUDIO by Bob Kessel

Henri Matisse, born in 1869, is regarded as one of the great formative figures in 20th-century art, as well as the leader of the Fauve group. Fauvism is defined as an early-20th-century movement in painting begun by a group of French artists and marked by the use of bold, often distorted forms and vivid colors. Matisse was associated with this group due to his use of vivid colors, as well as his unusual style of presenting objects. Many critics at this time called him, as well as other artists with similar styles, a disgrace for art and therefore called them ‘The Fauves’. The Fauves means ‘Wild Beasts’, a name that the artists of the group accepted with pride. The main goals of the artists in this movement were to break away from the rigid Impressionist movement, and begin using bolder colors, as well as their own interpretations of shapes. The work of Matisse is based on the principals and possibilities of ‘leaving out’. The human mind can fill in what is missing in the painting, like dimension, details and plastical forms. The Fauves expressed their feelings of joy for life and joy for art and painting. Fauvism paved the way for future styles of art, and was considered radical in the early 20th century.

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MATISSE AND HIS MODEL by Bob Kessel

See more Matisse inspired art by Bob Kessel by clicking here.

WATERFALLS by Bob Kessel
Sep 7th, 2010 by admin

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NIKKO FALLS by Bob Kessel from the series “2 PIECE SUITE”

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OJI FALLS by Bob Kessel from the series “2 PIECE SUITE”

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SQUARE DIAMOND FALLS by Bob Kessel from the series “2 PIECE SUITE”

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3 DIAMOND FALLS by Bob Kessel from the series “2 PIECE SUITE”

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BIG TILT FALLS by Bob Kessel from the series “2 PIECE SUITE”

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2 SQUARE TILT FALLS by Bob Kessel from the series “2 PIECE SUITE”

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S SQUARES FALLS by Bob Kessel from the series “2 PIECE SUITE”

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2 DIAMOND FALLS by Bob Kessel from the series “2 PIECE SUITE”

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GRAY FALLS by Bob Kessel

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CHINESE POET FALLS by Bob Kessel

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WOODSCAPE WATERFALL VIEW by Bob Kessel

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WOODSCAPE WATERFALL by Bob Kessel

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FALLS VIEW by Bob Kessel

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UKIYO-E RAPIDS by Bob Kessel

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UKIYO-E BLUE FALLS by Bob Kessel

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UKIYO-E ROCK FALLS by Bob Kessel

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UKIYO-E WATERFALL by Bob Kessel

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CARAVAGGIO by Bob Kessel
Sep 2nd, 2010 by admin

Caravaggio’s life is as turbulent as his personality. He has many run-ins with the law and is arrested on several occasions. In 1606 a bet over a game of tennis leads to an argument, at which point Caravaggio draws his sword and kills his opponent. He flees to Naples, intending to take the long way home to Rome – where friends are lobbying for his rehabilitation – via Malta and Sicily. On his wanderings he produces several masterpieces, such as The Beheading of St John the Baptist, which he creates in Malta. He dies before reaching Rome, probably of pneumonia, in Porto Ercole. Several days after his death word arrives of papal absolution.

Caravaggio’s influence is widespread: outside Italy he inspires painters as diverse as Georges de La Tour and members of the Utrecht School, e.g. Gerrit van Honthorst – artists who in their turn are later to influence Rembrandt.

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NARCISSUS by Caravaggio

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NARCISSUS by Bob Kessel
after Caravaggio

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DOUBTING THOMAS by Caravaggio

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DOUBTING THOMAS by Bob Kessel after Caravaggio

Also known as Saint Thomas Putting his Finger on Christ’s Wound. Thomas is one of Jesus’ twelve apostles. When Jesus shows himself to his followers after his resurrection, Thomas refuses to believe that this man really is his master. He demands evidence. Jesus shows him the wound caused by a Roman soldier’s lance before his crucifixion. He invites Thomas to put his finger on it. Caravaggio shows that Thomas soon casts aside all doubt.

Almost identical copies of this painting and that of the Pilgrimage to Emmaus were found in a church in the French town of Loches, in 1999. After investigation, it was announced in 2006 that both works were authentic Caravaggios. Both contain the shield of arms of Philippe de Bethune, a friend of Caravaggio’s and French ambassador in Rome. Records show that Bethune acquired four paintings from the painter. Caravaggio often made several copies of his own paintings.

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Italian painter with great influence both in Italy and abroad.

Caravaggio is particularly renowned for his use of chiaroscuro, a technique that uses light and dark to achieve a 3-D effect. Caravaggio breaks away from the tradition of symmetrical figures and detailed backgrounds. His figures do retain a traditional monumentality. His later work is less plastic.

Caravaggio takes his name from the village where he was born. He receives his first training in Milan, specializing in still-lives. Around 1592 he takes to Rome, the spiritual capital of the Italian peninsula, switching his subject matter to street-life and young boys.

In 1595 Caravaggio’s talent catches the eye of cardinal Francesco Del Monte, who subsequently becomes his first patron. Caravaggio’s three paintings on the life of St Matthew cause a sensation: never before has a saint, let alone an apostle, been shown like this. (calling, inspiration, martyrdom) After this succès fou, Caravaggio takes all his subjects from the New Testament.

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