BULL! by Bob Kessel

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BULL! by Bob Kessel

Bob Kessel has created a new print titled, “BULL!” based on the works of Pablo Picasso. The picture is available as limited edition fine art print, signed and numbered by the artist. Contact Bob Kessel for prices and availability.

Pablo Picasso created ‘Bull’ in 1945. ‘Bull’ is a suite of lithographs that have become a master class in how to develop an artwork from the academic to the abstract. In this series of images, Picasso starts with a classical rendering of a bull. Then in a series of progressive steps, reduces it to pure abstraction.

Bob Kessel takes a slightly different tack, placing the different levels of abstraction in the same picture. A Picasso linoleum block print style bull looks at his Mondrianesque abstracted image in an oval mirror.

BULL by Picasso

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Roy Lichtenstein tried his hand at this exercise
in this six step series.

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MINOTAUR AND GLASS OF WINE by Bob Kessel

It may be this love is a debt I am paying,
due to the destiny of my line,
and that Aphrodite is exacting a tribute of me for all my race.
Europa – this is the first beginning of our line – was loved of Zeus;
a bull’s form disguised the god,
Pasiphaë, my mother, a victim of the deluded bull,
brought forth in travail her reproach and burden.

– Ovid, Heroides

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MINOTAUR AND GLASS OF WINE by Bob Kessel

Bob Kessel’s art series “PICASSO IN PARIS” features pictures based on the works of the Pablo Picasso. 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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MINOTAUR by Pablo Picasso

Art is a human development before it is an aesthetic phenomenon, and Pablo Picasso, the twentieth century metaphysician, autobiographically represents his world translated into a personal aesthetic expression. As a Spaniard it was inevitable that the bull, the bullfight, and eventually the Minotaur, would concern Picasso.

The Minotaur, half-man, half-bull, virile and noble, but ultimately monstrous. The Surrealists loved the Minotaur and his Labyrinth as a symbol of man’s convoluted mind and animal nature.

The Minotaur myth emerged in the arts: Matisse illustrated Henry de Montherland’s Pasiphaë: Chant de Minos; Max Ernst’s Labyrinth and his Wheel of the Sun both allude to this myth, while his Spanish Physician shows a woman flirtatiously dropping her hankerchief before a minotaur-like figure; Giorgio de Chirico made many versions of sleeping The Soothsayer’s Recompense surrounded by labyrinthine colonnades, arches, and facades; and Victor Brauner depicted a wide-awake Ariadne on conveyance that Ernst Trova could have built for his Falling Man; while Masson continued his variations on the Pasiphaë-Labyrinth-Minotaur idea often greatly influenced by Picasso.

L’ETREINTE DANS LA MANSARDE by Bob Kessel

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L’ETREINTE DANS LA MANSARDE by Bob Kessel

“L’ETREINTE DANS LA MANSARDE” by Bob Kessel, is from his art series “PICASSO IN PARIS” based on the works of Pablo Picasso. This picture and many others, can be purchased as signed and numbered limited edition original fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for prices and availability.

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L’ETREINTE DANS LA MANSARDE by Pablo Picasso

FEMME NUE AUX JAMBES CROISEES by Bob Kessel

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FEMME NUE AUX JAMBES CROISEES by Bob Kessel

“FEMME NUE AUX JAMBES CROISEES” by Bob Kessel, is from his art series “PICASSO IN PARIS” based on the works of Pablo Picasso. This picture and many others, can be purchased as signed and numbered limited edition original fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for prices and availability.

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FEMME NUE AUX JAMBES CROISEES by Pablo Picasso

PICASSO MINOTAUR by Bob Kessel

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MINOTAUR OVER SLEEPING GIRL by Bob Kessel
after Pablo Picasso

Bob Kessel’s art series “HABLO PABLO” is based on the works of Pablo Picasso. These pictures and many others, can be purchased as signed and numbered limited edition original fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for prices and availability.

Picasso used horses and bulls, specifically the Minotaur, as representations of himself in his later works. Picasso frequently depicts “the beast” as blind, angry, and slightly confused, often led by the hand of a young girl. The Minotaur, a half-bull-half-human creature from Greek myth, lived on the island of Crete, imprisoned in the Labyrinth of the notoriously cruel king Minos. The Minotaur sated his appetites, both sexual and gastronomic, on young maidens and is frequently regarded as an icon of sexual perversion and cruelty. Picasso’s later representations, then, in which the self-referential Minotaur requires the gentle guidance of a child is ironic. The Minotaur alludes both to Picasso’s famous sexual appetites and to an emotional or psychological distance between himself and the women in his life; indeed the artist depicts himself as entirely different species from the women in these paintings!

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Vollard Suite: Minotaur Caressing a Sleeping Woman  (1933)  by Pablo Picasso