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REISSUED POSTERS 7 BY BOB KESSEL
Sep 12th, 2016 by admin

REISSUED POSTERS 7 BY BOB KESSEL

Limited edition posters of contemporary artist Bob Kessel have been reissued by popular demand.

Each Bob Kessel poster represents a sample from an art series
made up of several related pictures.

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BLUE PERIOD POSTER (Asleep) by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL BLUE PERIOD POSTER (Asleep)  30″ x 40″

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COTE D'AZUR POSTER (Cagnes) by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL COTE d’AZUR POSTER (Cagnes)  30″ x 40″

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seraglio poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL SERAGLIO POSTER (Striped Rug) 30″ X 40″

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the nude poster whats nu by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL THE NUDE POSTER (What’s Nu?) 30″ X 40″

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veneer vermeer poster shakespeare by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL VENEER VERMEER POSTER (Shakespeare)  30″ x 40″

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mythology poster paris by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL MYTHOLOGY POSTER (Judgement of Paris)  30″ x 40″

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société anonyme poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL SOCIETE ANONYME POSTER (Coin de bois)  30″ x 40″

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horses poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL HORSES POSTER (Drei Blaue Pferde)  30″ x 40″

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art history poster fishbowl by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL ART HISTORY POSTER (Fishbowl)  30″ x 40″

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going for bruce poster jazzman by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL GOING FOR BRUCKE POSTER (Jazzman)  30″ x 40″

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ART HISTORY POSTER (Arachon) by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL ART HISTORY POSTER (Arachon)  30″ x 40″

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art over decor poster white chair by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL ART OVER DECOR POSTER (White Chair)  30″ x 40″

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art above decor poster black by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL ART OVER DECOR POSTER (Black Chair)  30″ x 40″

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barbizon poster planting by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL BARBIZON POSTER (Planting)  30″ x 40″

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WSSF WINTER POSTER BY BOBKESSEL

BOB KESSEL WINTER SPRING SUMMER FALL (WINTER) POSTER  30″ x 40″

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WSSF SPRING POSTER BY BOBKESSEL

BOB KESSEL WINTER SPRING SUMMER FALL (SPRING) POSTER  30″ x 40″

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summer poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL WINTER SPRING SUMMER FALL (SUMMER) POSTER  30″ x 40″

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WSSF FALL POSTER BY BOBKESSEL

BOB KESSEL WINTER SPRING SUMMER FALL (FALL) POSTER  30″ x 40″

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minotaur poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL MINOTAUR POSTER (Minotaur and Maiden: Red Eye) 30″ x 40″

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BOB KESSEL CHINESE PHILOSOPHERS POSTER (Su Tung Po) 30″ x 40″

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BOB KESSEL BONNARD POSTER (Orange girl) 30″ x 40″

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BOB KESSEL KAIJU 怪獣 POSTER (Osaka it to me) 30″ X 40″

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ukiyoe poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL UKIYOE (浮世絵) POSTER (Mendicant) 30″ X 40″

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BOB KESSEL ROMANTICISM POSTER (The siren and the fisherman) 30″ X 40″

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BOB KESSEL SHOW ME THE MONET POSTER (Giverny garden) 30″ X 40″

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BOB KESSEL GIVERNY POSTER (Giverny waters) 30″ X 40″

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BOB KESSEL MADAME MATISSE POSTER (Chapeau) 30″ X 40″

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TREESCAPES POSTER BY BOB KESSEL

BOB KESSEL TREESCAPES POSTER (Mezzo) 30″ x 40″

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SILVER SCREEN STARLET POSTER BY BOB KESSEL

BOB KESSEL SILVER SCREEN SIRENS POSTER (Silver Starlet) 30″ x 40″

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BOB KESSEL BOB’S GOT WOOD POSTER (American Indian after Remington) 30″ x 40″

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klimt verklempt poster by bob kessel

BOB KESSEL KLIMT VERKLEMPT POSTER (Kneel and bob) 30″ X 40″

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BOB KESSEL CUTOUTS POSTER (Zulma) 30″ X 34″

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van gogh poster road to tarascon by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL VAN GOGH POSTER (The road to Tarascon) 30″ x 40″

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BOB KESSEL 100 VIEWS POSTER (富士山 Fuji fog) 30″ X 40″

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cityscapes queensblvd poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL CITYSCAPES POSTER (Queens Blvd)  30″ x 40″

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ecce homo poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL ECCE HOMO (Wie man wird, was man ist) POSTER  30″ x 40″

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enlightenment poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL ENLIGHTENMENT (Buddha Brushstroke) POSTER  30″ x 40″

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chinese philosophers poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL CHINESE PHILOSOPHERS (Confucius) POSTER  30″ x 40″

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artists and models poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL ARTISTS AND MODELS (Model in Studio) POSTER  30″ x 40″

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ART HISTORY POSTER by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL ART HISTORY POSTER (Arbes Blue)  30″ x 40″

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silver screen sirens poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL SILVER SCREEN SIRENS POSTER (Marilyn)  30″ x 40″

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chiaroscuro poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL CHIAROSCURO POSTER (Side Boob)  30″ x 40″

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REISSUED POSTERS 5 BY BOB KESSEL
Aug 26th, 2016 by admin

REISSUED POSTERS 5 BY BOB KESSEL

Limited edition posters of contemporary artist Bob Kessel have been reissued by popular demand.

Each Bob Kessel poster represents a sample from an art series
made up of several related pictures.

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grand tour poster ducal palace by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL GRAND TOUR POSTER (Ducal Palace)  30″ x 40″

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cityscapes poster skyline by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL CITYSCAPES POSTER (Skyline)  30″ x 40″

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cityscapes poster scrapers by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL CITYSCAPES POSTER (Scrapers) 30″ x 40″

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cityscapes poster brick wall by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL CITYSCAPES POSTER (Brick Wall) 30″ x 40″

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cityscapes poster manhattan bridge by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL CITYSCAPES POSTER (Manhattan Bridge)  30″ x 40″

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TAHITI POSTER BY BOBKESSEL

BOB KESSEL TAHITI POSTER (Tahitian Girl)  30″ x 40″

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tahiti poster (pink sand) by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL TAHITI POSTER (Pink Sand)  30″ x 40″ SOLD OUT

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tahiti poster (red dress) by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL TAHITI POSTER (Red Dress) 30″ x 40″

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artist models poster studio by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL ARTIST MODELS (Model in Studio) POSTER  30″ x 40″

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ART HISTORY POSTER by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL ART HISTORY POSTER (Arbes Blue)  30″ x 40″

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GRAYSCAPES POSTER BY BOBKESSEL

BOB KESSEL GRAYSCAPES (Mountain fog) POSTER  30″ x 40″

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second bite poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL SECOND BITE (Le Bain) POSTER  30″ x 40″

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THE NUDE POSTER BY BOBKESSEL

BOB KESSEL THE NUDE (Blue Wall) POSTER  30″ x 40″

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artworks assemble poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL ARTWORKS ASSEMBLE! POSTER (Les Fauves)  30″ x 40″

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art history aristide poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL ART HISTORY POSTER (Aristide)  30″ x 40″

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plein air poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL PLEIN AIR POSTER (Big Green Tree)  30″ x 40″

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mythology poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL MYTHOLOGY POSTER (Narcissus)  30″ x 40″

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chiaroscuro poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL CHIAROSCURO POSTER (Side Boob)  30″ x 40″

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symmetry poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL SYMMETRY POSTER (Tete a Tete)  30″ x 40″

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bull sessions poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL BULL SESSIONS POSTER (Lluvia de Toros)  30″ x 40″

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badende Frauen poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL BADENDE FRAUEN POSTER (Zwei Frauen)  30″ x 40″

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Badende Frauen poster am meer by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL BADENDE FRAUEN (Am Meer)  30″ x 40″

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badende Frauen poster sunning by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL BADENDE FRAUEN POSTER (Sunning)  30″ x 40″

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hyakuninisshu poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL HYAKUNIN ISSHU (100 Poets) POSTER   30″ x 40″

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nue couchee poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL NUE COUCHEE POSTER (Apres Courbet)  30″ x 40″

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bible paintings poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL BIBLE PAINTINGS POSTER (Adam and Eve after Goltzius)  30″ x 40″

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models poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL MODELS POSTER (Bend)  30″ x 40″

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the kiss poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL THE KISS POSTER (Chalice)  30″ x 40″

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going straight poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL GOING STRAIGHT POSTER (Z wall)  30″ x 40″

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bijin poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL BIJIN 美人 POSTER 30″ x 40″

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furturismo (Eighthtman) poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL FUTURISMO (EIGHTOMAN) POSTER 30″ x 40″

REISSUED POSTERS BY BOB KESSEL
Aug 12th, 2016 by admin

REISSUED POSTERS BY BOB KESSEL

Limited edition posters of contemporary artist Bob Kessel have been reissued by popular demand.

Each Bob Kessel poster represents a sample from an art series
made up of several related pictures.

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artworks assemble! poster captain america by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL ARTWORKS ASSEMBLE! POSTER (Captain America)  30″ x 40″

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klimt verklempt poster tit for tat by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL KLIMT VERKLEMPT POSTER (Tit for Tat)  30″ x 40″

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mythology poster (judgement of paris) by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL MYTHOLOGY POSTER (Judgement of Paris)  30″ x 40″

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van gogh poster pipe by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL VAN GOGH POSTER (Pipe)  30″ x 40″

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horses poster (drei blaue pferde) by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL HORSES POSTER (Drei Blaue Pferde)  30″ x 40″

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art history poster fishbowl by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL ART HISTORY POSTER (Fishbowl)  30″ x 40″

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going for bruce poster jazzman by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL GOING FOR BRUCKE POSTER (Jazzman)  30″ x 40″

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girlymags poster confidential by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL GIRLYMAGS POSTER (Confidential)  30″ x 40″

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girly mags poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL GIRLY MAGS POSTER (Crouch)  30″ x 40″

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plein air poster (Copse) by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL PLEIN AIR POSTER (Copse)  30″ x 40″

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art over decor poster white chair by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL ART OVER DECOR POSTER (White Chair)  30″ x 40″

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art above decor poster black by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL ART OVER DECOR POSTER (Black Chair)  30″ x 40″

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fruits poster plat de troi fruits by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL FRUITS POSTER (Plat de Troi)  30″ x 40″

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fruits poster cerises by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL FRUITS POSTER (Cerises et Cinq)  30″ x 40″

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CEZANNES FRUITS poster (Douze) by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL CEZANNE’S FRUITS POSTER (Douze fruits) 30″ x 40″ 

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fruits poster compotier by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL CEZANNE’S FRUITS POSTER (Compotier) 30″ x 40″

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masters poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL MASTERS POSTER (Henri Matisse in Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence)  30″ x 40″

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masters poster cezanne by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL MASTERS POSTER (Cezanne)  30″ x 40″

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masters poster (Salvador Dali) by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL MASTERS POSTER (Dali)  30″ x 40″  

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masters poster mondrian by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL MASTERS POSTER (Mondrian)  30″ x 40″

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masters poster (Gauguin) by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL MASTERS POSTER (Gauguin)  30″ x 40″

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masters poster (Malevich) by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL MASTERS POSTER (Malevich)  30″ x 40″

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masters poster (Lautrec) by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL MASTERS POSTER (Lautrec)  30″ x 40″

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masters poster egon shiele by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL MASTERS POSTER (Egon Shiele)  30″ x 40″

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masters poster raphael by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL MASTERS POSTER (Raphael)  30″ x 40″

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masters poster rembrandt by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL MASTERS POSTER (Rembrandt)  30″ x 40″

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barbizon poster (Proteuse de fagots) by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL BARBIZON POSTER (Porteuse de fagots) 30″ x 40″

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barbizon poster planting by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL BARBIZON POSTER (Planting)  30″ x 40″

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art history poster tom girl by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL THE NUDE POSTER (Tom’s Girl Torso) 30″ x 40″ 

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the nude poster (Mel's Girl) by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL THE NUDE POSTER (Mel’s Girl Lucky Strike) 30″ X 40″ 

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the nude poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL THE NUDE POSTER (Woman at rest) 30″ x 40″ 

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die brucke poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL DIE BRUCKE POSTER (Green nude) 30″ x 40″ 

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minotaur poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL MINOTAUR POSTER (Red Eye) 30″ x 40″ 

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BOB KESSEL CHINESE PHILOSOPHERS POSTER (Su Tung Po) 30″ x 40″ 

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BOB KESSEL BONNARD POSTER (Orange girl) 30″ x 40″ 

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bonnard poster femme penchée by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL BONNARD POSTER (Femme Penchee) 30″ x 40″ 

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BOB KESSEL BIJIN 美人 POSTER (Washing hair) 30″ x 40″ 

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BOB KESSEL THE KISS POSTER (Apres Lautrec) 30″ x 40″ 

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BOB KESSEL CEZANNE IN PROVENCE POSTER (Cezanne portrait) 30″ x 40″ 

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BOB KESSEL MYTHOLOGY POSTER (Narcissus after Caravaggio) 30″ x 40″ 

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BOB KESSEL PULP POSTER (Gunsel) 30″ x 40″ 

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BOB KESSEL WOODSCAPES POSTER (Wood sunset) 30″ x 40″ 

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waterfalls poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL WATERFALLS POSTER (Falls viewing) 30″ x 40″ 

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BOB KESSEL ROMANTICISM POSTER (The siren and the fisherman) 30″ X 40″ 

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BOB KESSEL KAWAII かわいい POSTER (Lego porn) 30″ X 40″ 

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BOB KESSEL SHOW ME THE MONET POSTER (Giverny garden) 30″ X 40″ 

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BOB KESSEL FUTURISMO POSTER (Racer X) 30″ X 40″ 

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BOB KESSEL RECONSTRUCTING ROY POSTER (Masterpiece) 30″ X 40″ 

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baroque poster prodigal son by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL BAROQUE POSTER (Prodigal son) 30″ X 40″ 

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BOB KESSEL SHUNGA 春画 POSTER (Yellow man) 30″ X 40″ 

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BOB KESSEL ANIME POSTER (Kiss Kiss) 30″ X 40″ 

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artist models poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL ARTIST MODELS POSTER (Painting and model) 30″ X 40″ 

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BOB KESSEL GIVERNY POSTER (Giverny waters) 30″ X 40″ 

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BOB KESSEL PICASSO IN PARIS POSTER (Death of Casagemas) 30″ X 40″ 

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BOB KESSEL MADAME MATISSE POSTER (Chapeau) 30″ X 40″ 

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dancers poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL DANCERS (Pink Veils) POSTER  30″ x 40″ 

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dancers poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL DANCERS POSTER (Veils)  30″ x 40″  

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dancers poster orange veil by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL DANCERS POSTER (Orange Veil)  30″ x 40″

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couples poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL COUPLES (Japanese Couple) POSTER  30″ x 40″ 

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musclebeach poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL MUSCLE BEACH POSTER (Mickey Mouse ears) 30″ x 40″ 

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BOB KESSEL DEGAS DANCERS POSTER (First Position) 30″ x 40″ 

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INTERIORS POSTER BY BOB KESSEL

BOB KESSEL INTERIORS POSTER (iMac) 30″ x 40″ 

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TREESCAPES POSTER BY BOB KESSEL

BOB KESSEL TREESCAPES POSTER (Mezzo) 30″ x 40″ 

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SILVER SCREEN STARLET POSTER BY BOB KESSEL

BOB KESSEL SILVER SCREEN SIRENS POSTER (Silver Starlet) 30″ x 40″ 

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silver screen sirens (Marilyn) poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL SILVER SCREEN SIRENS POSTER (Marilyn)  30″ x 40″  

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BOB KESSEL BOB’S GOT WOOD POSTER (American Indian after Remington) 30″ x 40″ 

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klimt verklempt poster by bob kessel

BOB KESSEL KLIMT VERKLEMPT POSTER (Kneel and bob) 30″ X 40″ 

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BOB KESSEL CUTOUTS POSTER (Zulma) 30″ X 34″ 

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BOB KESSEL ARTWORKS ASSEMBLE! POSTER (Captain America) 30″ X 40″ 

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van gogh poster road to tarascon by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL VAN GOGH POSTER (The road to Tarascon) 30″ x 40″ 

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van gogh poster potato eaters by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL VAN GOGH POSTER (Potato Eaters)  30″ x 40″

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BOB KESSEL 100 VIEWS POSTER (富士山 Fuji fog) 30″ X 40″ 

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BOB KESSEL HENTAI 変態 POSTER (Shoji) 30″ X 40″ 

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BOB KESSEL NEWPORT NAUTICALS POSTER (Shore) 30″ X 40″ 

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BOB KESSEL COMPOSITION POSTER (Composition in gray and black) 30″ X 40″ 

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BOB KESSEL MENKO めんこ POSTER (Menko SciFi) 30″ X 40″ 

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cityscapes queensblvd poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL CITYSCAPES POSTER (Queens Blvd)  30″ x 40″  

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pool poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL POOL POSTER (Dive)  30″ x 40″  

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ecce homo poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL ECCE HOMO (Wie man wird, was man ist) POSTER  30″ x 40″ 

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enlightenment poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL ENLIGHTENMENT (Buddha Brushstroke) POSTER  30″ x 40″

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chinese philosophers poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL CHINESE PHILOSOPHERS (Confucius) POSTER  30″ x 40″

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REMBRANDT POSTER BY BOBKESSEL

BOB KESSEL REMBRANDT POSTER (Big Hat)  30″ x 40″ 

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art history poster (little cock and big ass) by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL ART HISTORY POSTER (Little Cock and Big Ass)  30″ x 40″

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gauguin poster (Bonjour Monsieur Gauguin) by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL GAUGUIN POSTER (Bonjour Monsieur Gauguin)  30″ x 40″ 

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FAMOUS MYTHOLOGY PAINTINGS by Bob Kessel
Aug 4th, 2010 by admin

Bob Kessel has created an art series titled, “MYTHOLOGY”. It features pictures based on the works of famous artists throughout history like the picture “THE GOLDEN APPLE” originally by Peter Paul Rubens, shown above. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

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THE GOLDEN APPLE by Bob Kessel after Peter Paul Rubens

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It is recounted that Zeus held a banquet in celebration of the marriage of Peleus and Thetis (parents of Achilles). However, Eris, goddess of discord, was uninvited. Angered by this snub, Eris arrived at the celebration, where she threw a golden apple (the Apple of Discord) into the proceedings, upon which was the inscription καλλίστῃ “for the fairest one”.

Three goddesses claimed the apple: Hera, Athena and Aphrodite. They asked Zeus to judge which of them was fairest, and eventually Zeus, reluctant to favour any claim himself, declared that Paris, a Phrygian mortal, would judge their cases, for he had recently shown his exemplary fairness in a contest in which Ares in bull form had bested Paris’s own prize bull, and the shepherd-prince had unhesitatingly awarded the prize to the god.

Thus it happened that, with Hermes as their guide, all three of the candidates appeared to Paris on Mount Ida, in the climactic moment that is the crux of the tale. After bathing in the spring of Ida, each attempted with her powers to bribe Paris; Hera offered to make him king of Europe and Asia, Athena offered wisdom and skill in war, and Aphrodite, who had the Charites and the Horai to enhance her charms with flowers and song, offered the love of the world’s most beautiful woman. This was Helen of Sparta, wife of the Greek king Menelaus.

Paris accepted Aphrodite’s gift and awarded the apple to her, receiving Helen as well as the enmity of the Greeks and especially of Hera. The Greeks’ expedition to retrieve Helen from Paris in Troy is the mythological basis of the Trojan War.

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Bob Kessel signing his print LEDA AND THE  SWAN

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LEDA AND THE SWAN by Bob Kessel

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LEDA AND THE SWAN by Michelangelo

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LEDA AND THE SWAN by Bob Kessel

In Greek mythology, Leda was daughter of the Aetolian king Thestius, and wife of the king Tyndareus, of Sparta. Her myth gave rise to the popular motif in Renaissance and later art of Leda and the Swan. She was the mother of Helen  of Troy, Clytemnestra, and Castor and Pollux.

Leda was admired by Zeus, who seduced her in the guise of a swan. As a swan, Zeus fell into her arms for protection from a pursuing eagle. Their consummation, on the same night as Leda lay with her husband Tyndareus, resulted in two eggs from which hatched Helen — later known as the beautiful “Helen of Troy” — Clytemnestra, and Castor and Pollux. Which children are the progeny of Tyndareus, the mortal king, and which are of Zeus, and are thus half-immortal, is not consistent among accounts, nor is which child hatched from which egg. The split is almost always half mortal, half divine, although the pairings do not always reflect the children’s heritage pairings. Castor and Polydeuces are sometimes both mortal, sometimes both divine. One consistent point is that if only one of them is immortal, it is Polydeuces.

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NARCISSUS by Bob Kessel

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ECHO by Bob Kessel

Narcissus or Narkissos (Greek: Νάρκισσος), possibly derived from ναρκη (narke) meaning “sleep, numbness,” in Greek mythology was a hero from the territory of Thespiae in Boeotia who was renowned for his beauty. In the various stories he is exceptionally cruel, in that he disdains those who love him. As divine punishment he falls in love with a reflection in a pool, not realizing it was his own, and perishes there, not being able to leave the beauty of his own reflection.

In the tale told by Ovid, thought to have been based on Parthenius’ version but altered in order to broaden its appeal, Echo, a nymph, falls in love with a vain youth named Narcissus, who was the son of the blue Nymph Liriope of Thespia. The river god Cephisus had once encircled Liriope with the windings of his streams, and thus trapping her, had seduced the nymph, who gave birth to an exceptionally beautiful boy. Concerned about the welfare of such a beautiful child, Lirope consulted the prophet Tiresias regarding her son’s future. Tiresias told the nymph that Narcissus would live to a ripe old age, “if he didn’t come to know himself.”

One day when Narcissus was out hunting stags, Echo stealthily followed the handsome youth through the woods, longing to address him but unable to speak first. When Narcissus finally heard footsteps and shouted “Who’s there?”, Echo answered “Who’s there?” And so it went, until finally Echo showed herself and rushed to embrace the lovely youth. He pulled away from the nymph and vainly told her to leave him alone. Narcissus left Echo heartbroken and she spent the rest of her life in lonely glens, pining away for the love she never knew, until only her voice remained.

Nemesis heard this prayer and sent Narcissus his punishment. He came across a deep pool in a forest, from which he took a drink. As he did, he saw his reflection for the first time in his life and fell in love with the beautiful boy he was looking at, not realizing it was himself. Eventually, after pining away for a while, he realized that the image he saw in the pool was a reflection of himself. Realizing that he could not act upon this love, he tore at his dress and beat at his body, his life force draining out of him. As he died, the bodyless Echo came upon him and felt sorrow and pity. His soul was sent to “the darkest hell” and the narcissus flower grew where he died. It is said that Narcissus still keeps gazing on his image in the waters of the river Styx.

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ECHO AND NARCISSUS ( side by side prints ) by Bob Kessel

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RAPE OF THE DAUGHTERS OF LEUCIPPUS by Bob Kessel after Peter Paul Rubens

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ODYSSEUS by Bob Kessel after Ingres

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THREE GRACES by Bob Kessel after Botticelli

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APHRODITE AND ADONIS by Bob Kessel after Vezellio Tiziano

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BACCHUS by Bob Kessel after Poussin

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ARTEMIS RESTING by Bob Kessel after Francois Bouchin

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VULCAN’S FORGE by Bob Kessel after Jan van Kessel

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NYMPHS by Bob Kessel after Bouguereau

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PROSERPINA by Bob Kessel after Bernini

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NYMPH AND SATYR by Bob Kessel apres Poussin

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KNEE DEEP IN POUSSIN by Bob Kessel
Jul 30th, 2010 by admin

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NYMPH AND SATYR by Bob Kessel apres Poussin

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NYMPH AND SATYR by Nicolas Poussin

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Bob Kessel has created an art series titled, “MYTHOLOGY”. It features pictures based on the works of famous artists throughout history like the picture “NYMPH AND SATYR” originally by Poussin, shown above. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

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Nicolas Poussin (1594 – 1665) was a French painter in the classical style. His work serves as an alternative to the dominant Baroque style of the 17th century.

Initially, Poussin’s genius was recognized only by small circles of collectors. (In the two decades following his death, a particularly large collection of his works was amassed by Louis XIV.) At the same time, it was recognized that he had contributed a new theme of “classical severity” to French art.

Benjamin West, an American painter of the 18th century who worked in Britain, based his canvas of the death of General Wolfe at Quebec on Poussin’s example. As a result, the image is one in which each character gazes with appropriate seriousness on Wolfe’s death after securing British domination of North America.

Jacques-Louis David resurrected a style already known as “Poussinesque” during the French Revolution in part because the leaders of the Revolution looked to replace the frivolity and oppression of the court with Republican severity and civic-mindedness, most obvious in David’s dramatic canvas of Brutus receiving the bodies of his sons, sacrificed to his own principles, and the famous death of Marat.

Throughout the 19th century, Poussin, available to the ordinary person’s gaze because the Revolution had opened the collections of the Louvre, was inspirational for thoughtful and self-reflexive artists who pondered their own work methods, notably Cézanne, who strove to “recreate Poussin after nature”, and the Post-Impressionists. The less thoughtful enjoyed the eroticism of some of Poussin’s classicizing subjects.

In the twentieth century art critics have suggested that the “analytic Cubist” experiments of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque were founded upon Poussin’s example.

The most famous 20th-century scholar of Poussin was the Englishman Anthony Blunt, Keeper of the Queen’s Pictures, who in 1979 was disgraced by revelations of his complicity with Soviet intelligence.

Today, Poussin’s paintings at the Louvre reside in a gallery dedicated to him.

DYING MINOTAUR by Bob Kessel
Mar 25th, 2010 by admin

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DYING MINOTAUR by Bob Kessel

“DYING MINOTAUR” by Bob Kessel is available as a signed and numbered limited edition original fine art print. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.

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