RAOUL DUFY by Bob Kessel



“Nature, my dear sir, is only a hypothesis.”
– Raoul Dufy



Raoul Dufy, born June 3, 1877 was a French Fauvist painter. Bob Kessel has created a new art series titled “2 SQUARES” featuring featuring pictures like APPLE POWERBOOK (shown above) based on a painting by Raoul Dufy. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.


seven year itch by bobkessel

MARILYN MONROE (The 7 Year Itch) by Bob Kessel



Marilyn Monroe publicity photo for The Seven Year Itch


Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jeane Mortenson on  June 1, 1926. In September 1954, Monroe filmed one of the key scenes for The Seven Year Itch in New York City. In it, she stands with her co-star, Tom Ewell, while the air from a subway grating blows her skirt up.

Bob Kessel’s picture of Marilyn Monroe is from the movie “The Seven Year Itch”. This print is available as a limited edition original fine art print. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

Quotes by Marilyn Monroe;

“I want to grow old without face-lifts…I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made. Sometimes I think it would be easier to avoid old age, to die young, but then you’d never complete your life, would you? You’d never wholly know yourself.”

“With fame, you know, you can read about yourself, somebody else’s ideas about you, but what’s important is how you feel about yourself -for survival and living day to day with what comes up.”

“I am not interested in money. I just want to be wonderful.”

“Fame is fickle and I know it. It has its compensations, but it also has its drawbacks and I’ve experienced them both.”

“No-one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they are pretty, even if they aren’t.”

“My illusions didn’t have anything to do with being a fine actress. I knew how third rate I was. I could actually feel my lack of talent, as if it were cheap clothes I was wearing inside. But, my God, how I wanted to learn, to change, to improve!”

“Only the public can make a star. It’s the studios who try to make a system out of it.”

“If I play a stupid girl and ask a stupid question I’ve got to follow it through. What am I supposed to do -look intelligent?”

Bob Kessel’s American Icons art series also includes Muhammad Ali, Miles Davis, Charles Bukowski, Marlon Brando, Elvis Presley, John F Kennedy and many more.

BRIC-A-BRAQUE by Bob Kessel


BRIC-A-BRAQUE by Bob Kessel



CITRON by Bob Kessel





LE JOUR by Georges Braque



Georges Braque was born on May 13, 1882, in Argenteuil-sur-Seine, France. He grew up in Le Havre and studied evenings at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts there from about 1897 to 1899. He left for Paris to study under a master decorator to receive his craftsman certificate in 1901. From 1902 to 1904, he painted at the Académie Humbert in Paris, where he met Marie Laurencin and Francis Picabia. By 1906, Braque’s work was no longer Impressionist but Fauve in style; after spending that summer in Antwerp with Othon Friesz, he showed his Fauve work the following year in the Salon des Indépendants in Paris. His first solo show was at Daniel-Henri Kahnweiler’s gallery in 1908. From 1909, Pablo Picasso and Braque worked together in developing Cubism; by 1911, their styles were extremely similar. In 1912, they started to incorporate collage elements into their paintings and to experiment with the papier collé (pasted paper) technique. Their artistic collaboration lasted until 1914. Braque served in the French army during World War I and was wounded; upon his recovery in 1917, he began a close friendship with Juan Gris.


After World War I, Braque’s work became freer and less schematic. His fame grew in 1922 as a result of an exhibition at the Salon d’Automne in Paris. In the mid-1920s, Braque designed the decor for two Sergei Diaghilev ballets. By the end of the decade, he had returned to a more realistic interpretation of nature, although certain aspects of Braque’s Cubism always remained present in his work. In 1931, Braque made his first engraved plasters and began to portray mythological subjects. His first important retrospective took place in 1933 at the Kunsthalle Basel. He won First Prize at the Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, in 1937.


During World War II, Braque remained in Paris. His paintings at that time, primarily still lifes and interiors, became more somber. In addition to paintings, he also made Braque etchings, lithographs, engravings, prints and sculpture. From the late 1940s, he treated various recurring themes, such as birds, ateliers, landscapes, and seascapes. In 1954, he designed stained-glass windows for the church of Varengeville. During the last few years of his life, Braque’s ill health prevented him from undertaking further large-scale commissions, but he continued to paint, make lithographs, and design jewelry. He died on August 31, 1963, in Paris.





All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.

– Ernst Ludwig Kirchner



SELF PORTRAIT WITH MODEL by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner



Born May 6, 1880, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner studied architecture and painting before forming the artists’ group Die Brücke (“The Bridge”) in Dresden on 7 June 1905, with Fritz Bleyl, Erich Heckel, and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. Kirchner moved to Berlin in 1911, and within two years the group split.

Kirchner worked at a feverish pace, producing art that drew its subject matter from his studio life with artist friends and models, the street and nightclub life of the city, and summer trips to beaches. His works were exhibited and collected from 1905, and by the mid-teens Kirchner had a number of devoted collectors, both private and institutional.

At the outbreak of World War I in 1914, Kirchner joined the German army, but eventually suffered a nervous breakdown. Despite ill health and struggles to recover, he continued to produce major paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture. In 1917 he moved to Davos, Switzerland, and began to include in his work images of rural life and the surrounding Alps. Through the 1920s major exhibitions of his work were held in Berlin, Frankfurt, Dresden, and other cities. In 1931 he was made a member of the Prussian Academy.

Labeled a degenerate artist by the Nazis, Kirchner was asked to resign from the Berlin Academy of Arts in 1933. In 1937, more than 600 of his works were confiscated from German museums and were either destroyed or sold, many ending up in America. In 1938 the psychological suffering caused by the Nazi authorities rejecting him as “un-German,” the dispersal and destruction of his works, and the Nazi occupation of Austria so close to his home in Davos led to Kirchner’s suicide.


BERLIN FRAU  print by Bob Kessel exhibited at gallery show

Bob Kessel has created an art series based on the works of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner like in the print shown below titled, “BERLIN FRAU”. They are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.


BERLIN FRAU by Bob Kessel


GREEN GIRL by Bob Kessel


FRANZI by Bob Kessel


BARE BACK by Bob Kessel