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WOODSCAPES by Bob Kessel
Aug 19th, 2010 by admin

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WOODSCAPE SUNSET by Bob Kessel


Bob Kessel has created a new art series titled, “WOODSCAPES” based on wood block prints. These pictures and many others are available as limited edition original fine art prints, signed and numbered by the artist. Contact Bob Kessel for prices and availability.

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WOODSCAPE WATERFALL VIEW by Bob Kessel

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WOODSCAPE  SKY by Bob Kessel

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WOODSCAPE SQUARE SAIL by Bob Kessel

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WOODSCAPE WATER by Bob Kessel

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WOODSCAPE WATERFALL by Bob Kessel

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WOODSCAPE SAILS by Bob Kessel

JAPANESE WOODBLOCK PRINTS by Bob Kessel
May 25th, 2010 by admin

Ukiyo-e (浮世絵), “pictures of the floating world”, is a genre of Japanese woodblock prints (or woodcuts) and paintings produced between the 17th and the 20th centuries, featuring motifs of landscapes, tales from history, the theatre, and pleasure quarters. It is the main artistic genre of woodblock printing in Japan.

Bob Kessel’s art series is based on Japanese UKIYO-E woodblock prints. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

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IT”S A LONG HARD CLIMB by Bob Kessel

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UKIYO-E MENDICANT by Bob Kessel

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UKIYO-E HAT UMBRELLA by Bob Kessel

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UKIYO-E FUJI HAT by Bob Kessel

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UKIYO-E PRIESTS by Bob Kessel

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UKIYO-E RAPIDS by Bob Kessel

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UKIYO-E BLUE FALLS by Bob Kessel

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UKIYO-E ROCK FALLS by Bob Kessel

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UKIYO-E WATERFALL by Bob Kessel

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UKIYO-E FUJI TREES by Bob Kessel

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UKIYO-E FUJI FOG by Bob Kessel

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Usually the word ukiyo is literally translated as “floating world” in English, referring to a conception of an evanescent world, impermanent, fleeting beauty and a realm of entertainments (kabuki, courtesans, geisha) divorced from the responsibilities of the mundane, everyday world; “pictures of the floating world”, i.e. ukiyo-e, are considered a genre unto themselves.

The art form rose to great popularity in the metropolitan culture of Edo (Tokyo) during the second half of the 17th century, originating with the single-color works of Hishikawa Moronobu in the 1670s. At first, only India ink was used, then some prints were manually colored with a brush, but in the 18th century Suzuki Harunobu developed the technique of polychrome printing to produce nishiki-e.

Ukiyo-e were affordable because they could be mass-produced. They were mainly meant for townsmen, who were generally not wealthy enough to afford an original painting. The original subject of ukiyo-e was city life, in particular activities and scenes from the entertainment district. Beautiful courtesans, bulky sumo wrestlers and popular actors would be portrayed while engaged in appealing activities. Later on landscapes also became popular. Political subjects, and individuals above the lowest strata of society (courtesans, wrestlers and actors) were not sanctioned in these prints and very rarely appeared. Sex was not a sanctioned subject either, but continually appeared in ukiyo-e prints. Artists and publishers were sometimes punished for creating these sexually explicit shunga.

DIAMOND BIJIN by Bob Kessel
May 18th, 2010 by admin

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.

Nearly all ukiyo-e artists, including Hokusai and Hiroshige, produced BIJINGA, it being one of the central themes of the genre. However, a few, including Utamaro, Suzuki Harunobu, Toyohara Chikanobu, and Torii Kiyonaga are widely regarded as the greatest innovators and masters of the form.

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 original fine art prints, signed and numbered by the artist.
Contact Bob Kessel for prices and availability.

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BIJIN UMBRELLA SNOW by Bob Kessel

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BIJIN EYES by Bob Kessel

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BIJIN SLEEVE by Bob Kessel

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BIJIN NET by Bob Kessel

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BIJIN CURTAIN by Bob Kessel

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BIJIN HAIR by Bob Kessel

UKIYO-E WATERFALL
Feb 12th, 2010 by admin

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UKIYO-E WATERFALL by Bob Kessel

“UKIYO-E WATERFALL” by Bob Kessel, is part of the art series “GRAYSCAPES” which is based on Japanese ink wash scroll paintings. It can be purchased as a signed and numbered limited edition original fine art print. Contact Bob Kessel for prices and availability.

MODERN SHUNGA by Bob Kessel
Nov 28th, 2009 by admin

Bob Kessel has created a new art series titled, “SHUNGA” based on Japanese woodblock prints.
These pictures are available as limited edition original fine art prints,
signed and numbered by the artist. Contact Bob Kessel for prices and availability.

Recently there has been many new pictures added to Bob Kessel’s Shunga art series.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that the shunga webpage receives 10 times the hits of any other Bob Kessel art series.

Shunga (春画) is a Japanese term for erotic art.
Most shunga are a type of ukiyo-e, usually executed in woodblock print format.
Translated literally, the Japanese word shunga means picture of spring; “spring” is a common euphemism for sex.
In the Edo period it was enjoyed by rich and poor, men and women, and despite being out of favour with the shogunate, carried very little stigma.

Almost all ukiyo-e artists made shunga at some point in their careers, including Hokusai, Utamaro, Harunobu, Eisen, Saeshi, Shigenobu, Issho and Moronobu, and it did not detract from their prestige as artists.

The pictures are available as limited edition original fine art prints, signed and numbered by the artist.
Contact Bob Kessel for prices and availability.

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SHUNGA WOMAN ON TOP erotic art by Bob Kessel

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SHUNGA MAN ON TOP erotic art by Bob Kessel

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SHUNGA STARS erotic art by Bob Kessel

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SHUNGA STRIPES erotic art by Bob Kessel

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SHUNGA SHOJI erotic art by Bob Kessel

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SHUNGA MAID erotic art by Bob Kessel

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SHUNGA LOVERS erotic art by Bob Kessel

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SHUNGA PINK KIMONO erotic art by Bob Kessel

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SHUNGA RIDE ‘EM erotic art by Bob Kessel

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SHUNGA COUPLE erotic art by Bob Kessel

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SHUNGA BIG LEGS erotic art by Bob Kessel

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SHUNGA SCREEN erotic art by Bob Kessel

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SHUNGA WRAPPED by Bob Kessel
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SHUNGA LICKITY SPLIT by Bob Kessel
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SHUNGA YELLOW MAN by Bob Kessel
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SHUNGA DRAGON PILLOW by Bob Kessel

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SHUNGA FIREWORKS by Bob Kessel
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SHUNGA ARM by Bob Kessel
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SHUNGA COUPLE by Bob Kessel
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SHUNGA RED KIMONO by Bob Kessel
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SHUNGA KISS by Bob Kessel
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SHUNGA LEGS by Bob Kessel
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SHUNGA HAPPY ENDING by Bob Kessel
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SHUNGA KISSING by Bob Kessel
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SHUNGA KISSER by Bob Kessel
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SHUNGA GRAY LINES by Bob Kessel
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SHUNGA PRINT VIEWING by Bob Kessel
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SHUNGA ORGY by Bob Kessel
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SHUNGA HUG by Bob Kessel
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SHUNGA NIGHTTIME by Bob Kessel
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SHUNGA EXPLAINED

Shunga are literally “images of spring.” That is the time of recreation and procreation, the time that inspires man and woman to couple, as if anyone needed an excuse. Shunga appeared prominently in the works of Hokusai, Utamaro, and many other revered woodcut artists.

In the Japan of the 1800’s, the color woodcut print was the most popular artform of the day. The artists of the so-called floating world or ukiyo-e portrayed real life personages and situations as the subject matter for their wood block prints. Ukiyo-e artists created extraordinary portraits of Kabuki Actors, Geisha, Sumo Wrestlers, and other notables, as well as landscapes and architectural views of old Japan. The incredible artistic output of these highly skilled artists left us an accurate view of life in the Japan of yesteryear. There was however another aspect to the art of the ukiyo-e that few Westerners have heard of, that is the art of shunga, or… the Images of Spring.

The production of such images kept most ukiyo-e artists very busy. In fact there were no artists of the time who remained uninvolved with the creation of shunga. The artists of the floating world many times created highly charged sexual imagery, erotic imagery, what Westerners would categorize as “pornographic” pictures.
Ukiyo-e artists created these “Images of Spring” without the slightest notion of embarrassment or shame. There was no stigma attached to the production, sale, or purchase of shunga artworks, in fact the market for such artworks was a lively and lucrative one. Erotic images were not illegal and collections of shunga were sold in book form, called enpon.

This artistic output on the part of Japanese artists had no equivalent in the Western art of that time and illustrates a completely different attitude about sex and morality. The aesthetics of shunga reflected the Japanese view of the body and sex as being part of the natural world, a world that held no concept of original sin.

It was a longstanding tradition that brides of feudal lords bring a collection of shunga to go along with their wedding furniture. There was also a tradition of feudal lords placing shunga in their helmet box whenever they had a new suit of armor made. These customs were a talismanic wish for eternal happiness and many artists made a comfortable living as a result.

The sale of shunga to a high-ranking person would bring enough money to sustain an artist for months, and so many notable, first rate and highly accomplished artists devoted themselves to this unprecedented artform. The level of detail with which ukiyo-e artists portrayed the human body revealed complete familiarity with anatomy and sexuality. Practically speaking the “Images of Spring” also served as a form of sex education for the sons and daughters of the well to do. This type of frank, accurate, and free representation of sexual matters was not to be seen in the West for at least another one hundred and fifty years.

There is limited knowledge of this artform outside of Japan, and in Japan itself shunga is scarcely seen or spoken of these days. However, the aesthetics of shunga still resonate in the contemporary world of certain manga and anime productions. The venerable art of shunga is the root for some modern day Japanese adult comic titles, proving without a doubt that eroticism in contemporary anime and manga is not at all a new phenomenon copied or borrowed from the West.

Those who are well acquainted with Japan’s enormous manga industry should be familiar with the genre of comic known as hentai (or “perverted”). These contemporary publications often focus on explicit “adult” material, but they have a clear artistic connection to the past in that their themes can be traced back to shunga. Shunga artworks are much more than mere “dirty pictures.”

The prints are of considerable artistry and cultural importance. In fact quite a few prestigious art museums around the world, especially in Japan, have collections of the highly prized risque prints (though they are not generally on public display).

Some scenes portrayed in shunga prints involve tender courting and romance, with all the attendant trappings of flirtation. Many of the prints offer scenes that leave nothing to the imagination. Couples are pictured in states of partial undress, in the throes of passionate lovemaking, utilizing a variety of positions and techniques.

There are even prints that depict lovely young ladies pleasuring themselves, a sight nearly totally absent from the annals of Western art! Whatever the sensual delights portrayed, the prints always manage to do so with sophistication and a certain elegance. Shunga prints are one of the overlooked treasures of traditional Japanese fine art. The “Images of Spring” should be properly recognized as high art, and at the same time preserved and studied for being one of the world’s greatest graphic art forms.

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