C’EST CEZANNE by Bob Kessel

“With an apple I will astonish Paris.” – Paul Cezanne

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3 Bob Kessel prints based on Cezanne’s fruit paintings

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PLAT DE TROIS FRUITS by Bob Kessel

On C’EST CEZANNE art series by Bob Kessel:

“I think it is a very impressive and beautiful series.
I was having ‘flashbacks’ to Meyer Schapiro’s text on Cezanne, but you have transformed the formal issues, which he considered and you have observed and assimilated, into entirely new works of art.”

– ROBERTA WADDELL
Curator, Print Collection  New York City Public Library

Bob Kessel’s art series “C’EST CEZANNE” features pictures based on Cezanne’s fruit paintings like “PLAT DE TROIS FRUITS” shown above. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

Paul Cezanne (1839 – 1906) was a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter whose work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th century conception of artistic endeavour to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century. Cezanne can be said to form the bridge between late 19th century Impressionism and the early 20th century’s new line of artistic enquiry, Cubism. The line attributed to both Matisse and Picasso that Cezanne “is the father of us all” cannot be easily dismissed.

MALEVICH by Bob Kessel

THAT FUNNY SUBWAY SMELL By Bob Kessel after Kasimir Malevich

THAT FUNNY SUBWAY SMELL By Bob Kessel after Kasimir Malevich

Bob Kessel’s art series “ART HISTORY” features pictures based on the works of Kasimir Malevich like the picture “THAT FUNNY SUBWAY SMELL” shown above. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

It remains one of the great mysteries of 20th century art, how, while leading a comfortable career, during which he just followed all the latest trends in art, in 1915 Malevich suddenly came up with the idea of Suprematism. The fact that Malevich throughout all his life was signing and re-signing his works using earlier dates makes this u-turn in his artistic career even more ambiguous. Be that as it may, in 1915 he published his manifesto From Cubism to Suprematism. In 1915-1916 he worked with other Suprematist artists in a peasant/artisan co-operative in Skoptsi and Verbovka village. In 1916-1917 he participated in exhibitions of the Jack of Diamonds group in Moscow together with Nathan Altman, David Burliuk and A. Ekster, among others. Famous examples of his Suprematist works include Black Square (1915)

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BLACK SQUARE by Kasimir Malevich

Suprematism is an art movement focused on fundamental geometric forms (in particular the square and circle) which formed in Russia in 1915-1916

ODALISQUES by Bob Kessel

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ODALISQUE WITH CULOTTES by Bob Kessel

Bob Kessel’s art series “ODALISQUES” features pictures like “ODALISQUE WITH CULOTTES” shown above. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

During the 19th century, odalisques became common fantasy figures in the artistic movement known as Orientalism, being featured in many erotic paintings from that era.

In the nineteenth century, when more artists traveled to the Middle East, they began representing more numerous scenes of Oriental culture. In many of these works, they portrayed the Orient as exotic for its differences, colorful and sensual. Such works typically concentrated on Near-Eastern Islamic cultures, as those were the ones visited by artists as France became more engaged in North Africa. French artists such as Eugène Delacroix, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres and later, Henri Matisse painted many works depicting Islamic culture, often including lounging odalisques.

Le déjeuner sur l’herbe by Bob Kessel

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Above is an interpretation of
“Le déjeuner sur l’herbe” by Bob Kessel

Copying famous paintings is a time honored tradition among artists.
Bob Kessel follows in this tradition with his take off on Manet’s
“Le déjeuner sur l’herbe”.

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Above is “Le déjeuner sur l’herbe” by Edouard Manet

This painting has been much copied,
but did you know that the arrangement of the figures in
“Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe” were themselves borrowed from
a famous 1514 engraving “The Judgment of Paris”
by Raimondi after a work by Raphael?

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Above is “Le déjeuner sur l’herbe” by Raimondi

“Le déjeuner sur l’herbe” by Manet was interpreted by many artists, most notably Picasso in a series of 27 paintings, 6 prints and 140 drawings! Here is an example.

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Above is “Le déjeuner sur l’herbe” by Pablo Picasso