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Pierre-Auguste Renoir by Bob Kessel
Feb 24th, 2012 by admin

Pierre-Auguste Renoir by Bob Kessel

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born February 25, 1841 in Limoges, Haute-Vienne, France.

Renoir’s paintings are notable for their vibrant light and saturated color, most often focusing on people in intimate and candid compositions. The female nude was one of his primary subjects. In characteristic Impressionist style, Renoir suggested the details of a scene through freely brushed touches of color, so that his figures softly fuse with one another and their surroundings.

In the late 1860s, through the practice of painting light and water en plein air (in the open air), he and his friend Claude Monet discovered that the color of shadows is not brown or black, but the reflected color of the objects surrounding them, an effect today known as diffuse reflection. Several pairs of paintings exist in which Renoir and Monet, working side-by-side, depicted the same scenes (La Grenouillère, 1869).

In 1890, he married Aline Victorine Charigot, who, along with a number of the artist’s friends, had already served as a model for Le Déjeuner des canotiers (Luncheon of the Boating Party, 1881), and with whom he already had a child, Pierre, in 1885. After his marriage, Renoir painted many scenes of his wife and daily family life, including their children and their nurse, Aline’s cousin Gabrielle Renard. The Renoirs had three sons, one of whom, Jean, became a filmmaker of note and another, Pierre, became a stage and film actor. He died December 3,  1919 at the age of 78.

A prolific artist, he made several thousand paintings. The warm sensuality of Renoir’s style made his paintings some of the most well-known and frequently-reproduced works in the history of art.

WINSLOW HOMER by Bob Kessel
Feb 22nd, 2012 by admin

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WINSLOW HOMER QUOTE by Bob Kessel

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Winslow Homer was born February 24, 1836. He was an American landscape painter and printmaker, best known for his marine subjects. He is considered one of the foremost painters in 19th century America and a preeminent figure in American art.

Largely self-taught, Homer began his career working as a commercial illustrator. He subsequently took up oil painting and produced major studio works characterized by the weight and density he exploited from the medium. He also worked extensively in watercolor, creating a fluid and prolific oeuvre, primarily chronicling his working vacations.

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Homer’s career as an illustrator lasted nearly twenty years. He contributed to magazines such as Ballou’s Pictorial and Harper’s Weekly, at a time when the market for illustrations was growing rapidly, and when fads and fashions were changing quickly. His early works, mostly commercial engravings of urban and country social scenes, are characterized by clean outlines, simplified forms, dramatic contrast of light and dark, and lively figure groupings — qualities that remained important throughout his career. His quick success was mostly due to this strong understanding of graphic design and also to the adaptability of his designs to wood engraving.

Homer died in 1910 at the age of 74 in his Prout’s Neck studio and was interred in the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His painting, Shooting the Rapids, Saguenay River, remains unfinished.

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PROUT’S NECK by Bob Kessel after Winslow Homer

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PROUT’S NECK by Winslow Homer

WASHINGTON AND LINCOLN by Bob Kessel
Feb 19th, 2012 by admin

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WASHINGTON AND LINCOLN by Bob Kessel

Presidents’ Day or George Washington’s Birthday, is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February.
To celebrate, I am posting the print WASHINGTON AND LINCOLN and its variations from the Bob Kessel art series AMERICAN ICONS.

Bob Kessel’s art series “AMERICAN ICONS” features pictures of American presidents and historical figures like “WASHINGTON AND LINCOLN” 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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WASHINGTON AND LINCOLN  (GREEN LINE) by Bob Kessel

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WASHINGTON AND LINCOLN  (RED LINE) by Bob Kessel

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WASHINGTON AND LINCOLN  (BLUE LINE) by Bob Kessel

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