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ROMANTICISM

Bob Kessel has a new art series “ROMANTICISM”. Romanticism, first defined as an aesthetic in literary criticism around 1800, gained momentum as an artistic movement in France and Britain in the early decades of the 19th century and flourished until mid-century. With its emphasis on the imagination and emotion, Romanticism emerged as a response to the disillusionment with the Enlightenment values of reason and order in the aftermath of the French Revolution of 1789.

Along with plumbing emotional and behavioral extremes, Romantic artists expanded the repertoire of subject matter, rejecting the didacticism of Neoclassical history painting in favor of imaginary and exotic subjects. Orientalism and the worlds of literature stimulated new dialogues with the past as well as the present.

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L’ORIGINE DU BONHEUR by Bob Kessel after Gustave Courbet

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MARAT by Bob Kessel after Jacques-Louis David

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SEASIDE GIRL by Bob Kessel after Pierre Puvis de Chavannes

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PAINTER by Bob Kessel after Boucher

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ODYSSEUS by Bob Kessel after Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

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PAOLO AND FRANCESCA by Bob Kessel after Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

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LOVERS by Bob Kessel after Francesco Hayez

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LIBERTY by Bob Kessel after Eugene Delacroix

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BANKS OF THE SEINE by Bob Kessel after Gustave Courbet

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FISHERMAN AND SIREN by Bob Kessel after Frederic Lord Leighton

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NYMPHS by Bob Kessel after William Bouguereau


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