PICTURES OF BEAUTIFUL WOMEN by Bob Kessel

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BIJIN RINSING HAIR by Bob Kessel

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Bob Kessel has created a new art series titled, “BIJINGA” based on the Ukiyo-e  genre wood block prints. The pictures are available as limited edition fine art prints, signed and numbered by the artist. Contact Bob Kessel for prices and availability.

Bijinga (美人画) is a generic term for PICTURES OF BEAUTIFUL WOMEN in Japanese art, especially in woodblock printing of the ukiyo-e genre, which predate photography. The term can also be used for modern media, provided they conform to a somewhat classic representation of a woman, usually depicted wearing a kimono.

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BIJIN COMBING HAIR by Bob Kessel

EDOUARD MANET by Bob Kessel

“Painters, and especially Édouard Manet,
who is an analytic painter,
do not share the masses’ obsession with the subject:
to them, the subject is only a pretext to paint,
whereas for the masses only the subject exists.”

— Emile Zola, 1867

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BAR GIRL by Edouard Manet

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BAR GIRL by Bob Kessel after Manet

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Bob Kessel’s art series “MANET” features pictures based on the paintings of Edouard Manet like in the picture “BAR GIRL” shown above. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

“I need to work to feel well.”

– Edouard Manet

Édouard Manet 1832 – 1883, was a French painter. One of the first nineteenth century artists to approach modern-life subjects, he was a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism.His early masterworks The Luncheon on the Grass and Olympia engendered great controversy, and served as rallying points for the young painters who would create Impressionism. Today these are considered watershed paintings that mark the genesis of modern art.

His early masterworks The Luncheon on the Grass ( Le déjeuner sur l’herbe ) and Olympia engendered great controversy, and served as rallying points for the young painters who would create Impressionism. Today these are considered watershed paintings that mark the genesis of modern art.

In 1863 Manet married Suzanne Leenhoff, a Dutch-born piano teacher of his own age with whom he had been romantically involved for approximately ten years. Leenhoff initially had been employed by Manet’s father, Auguste, to teach Manet and his younger brother piano. She also may have been Auguste’s mistress. In 1852, Leenhoff gave birth, out of wedlock, to a son, Leon Koella Leenhoff.

Manet died of untreated syphilis and rheumatism, which he contracted in his forties. The disease caused him considerable pain and partial paralysis from locomotor ataxia in the years prior to his death.

His left foot was amputated because of gangrene. He died eleven days later at the age of fifty-one in Paris in 1883, and was buried in the Cimetière de Passy in the city.

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Bob Kessel with Manet print

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OLYMPIA by Bob Kessel after Manet

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ON THE BEACH by Bob Kessel after Manet

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LUNCHEON ON THE GRASS (Le déjeuner sur l’herbe) by Bob Kessel after Manet

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MONET PAINTING by Bob Kessel after Manet

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CAPTAIN AMERICA by Bob Kessel

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CAPTAIN AMERICA by Bob Kessel

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Bob Kessel’s art series “POP UNINTENTIONAL” features pictures based on comic book characters like in the picture “CAPTAIN AMERICA” shown above. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

Other comic characters portrayed in the Pop Unintentional art series are Spiderman, Dr. Strange, Wonder Woman, Hulk, Black Panther, Galactus, Superman, DareDevil, Batman and many more.

INDIAN HEAD AND BUFFALO

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INDIAN HEAD AND BUFFALO by Bob Kessel

Bob Kessel’s art series “AMERICAN ICONS” features pictures of American presidents and historical figures like “INDIAN HEAD AND BUFFALO” shown above. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

Bob Kessel’s American Icons art series also includes many other famous people including Marilyn Monroe, Miles Davis, Charles Bukowski, Muhammad Ali, Elvis Presley, Marlon Brando and John F Kennedy, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and many more.

LADY LIBERTY by Bob Kessel

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LADY LIBERTY by Bob Kessel

Bob Kessel’s art series “AMERICAN ICONS” features pictures of American presidents and historical figures like “LADY LIBERTY” shown above. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

Bob Kessel’s American Icons art series also includes many other famous people including Marilyn Monroe, Miles Davis, Charles Bukowski, Muhammad Ali, Elvis Presley, Marlon Brando and John F Kennedy, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and many more.

THOMAS JEFFERSON by Bob Kessel

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THOMAS JEFFERSON AT MONTICELLO by Bob Kessel

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Bob Kessel’s art series “AMERICAN ICONS” features pictures of American presidents and historical figures like “THOMAS JEFFERSON AT MONTICELLO” shown above. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

In the thick of party conflict in 1800, Thomas Jefferson wrote in a private letter,
“I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”

This powerful advocate of liberty was born April 13, 1743 in Albemarle County, Virginia, inheriting from his father, a planter and surveyor, some 5,000 acres of land, and from his mother, a Randolph, high social standing. He studied at the College of William and Mary, then read law. In 1772 he married Martha Wayles Skelton, a widow, and took her to live in his partly constructed mountaintop home, Monticello.

When Jefferson assumed the Presidency, the crisis in France had passed. He slashed Army and Navy expenditures, cut the budget, eliminated the tax on whiskey so unpopular in the West, yet reduced the national debt by a third. He also sent a naval squadron to fight the Barbary pirates, who were harassing American commerce in the Mediterranean. Further, although the Constitution made no provision for the acquisition of new land, Jefferson suppressed his qualms over constitutionality when he had the opportunity to acquire the Louisiana Territory from Napoleon in 1803.