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BULL! by Bob Kessel
Jul 20th, 2010 by admin

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BULL! by Bob Kessel

Bob Kessel has created a new print titled, “BULL!” based on the works of Pablo Picasso. The picture is available as limited edition fine art print, signed and numbered by the artist. Contact Bob Kessel for prices and availability.

Pablo Picasso created ‘Bull’ in 1945. ‘Bull’ is a suite of lithographs that have become a master class in how to develop an artwork from the academic to the abstract. In this series of images, Picasso starts with a classical rendering of a bull. Then in a series of progressive steps, reduces it to pure abstraction.

Bob Kessel takes a slightly different tack, placing the different levels of abstraction in the same picture. A Picasso linoleum block print style bull looks at his Mondrianesque abstracted image in an oval mirror.

BULL by Picasso

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Roy Lichtenstein tried his hand at this exercise
in this six step series.

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L’ETREINTE DANS LA MANSARDE by Bob Kessel
Feb 5th, 2010 by admin

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L’ETREINTE DANS LA MANSARDE by Bob Kessel

“L’ETREINTE DANS LA MANSARDE” by Bob Kessel, is from his art series “PICASSO IN PARIS” based on the works of Pablo Picasso. This picture and many others, can be purchased as signed and numbered limited edition original fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for prices and availability.

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L’ETREINTE DANS LA MANSARDE by Pablo Picasso

FEMME NUE AUX JAMBES CROISEES by Bob Kessel
Feb 5th, 2010 by admin

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FEMME NUE AUX JAMBES CROISEES by Bob Kessel

“FEMME NUE AUX JAMBES CROISEES” by Bob Kessel, is from his art series “PICASSO IN PARIS” based on the works of Pablo Picasso. This picture and many others, can be purchased as signed and numbered limited edition original fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for prices and availability.

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FEMME NUE AUX JAMBES CROISEES by Pablo Picasso

PICASSO MINOTAUR by Bob Kessel
Feb 4th, 2010 by admin

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MINOTAUR OVER SLEEPING GIRL by Bob Kessel
after Pablo Picasso

Bob Kessel’s art series “HABLO PABLO” is based on the works of Pablo Picasso. These pictures and many others, can be purchased as signed and numbered limited edition original fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for prices and availability.

Picasso used horses and bulls, specifically the Minotaur, as representations of himself in his later works. Picasso frequently depicts “the beast” as blind, angry, and slightly confused, often led by the hand of a young girl. The Minotaur, a half-bull-half-human creature from Greek myth, lived on the island of Crete, imprisoned in the Labyrinth of the notoriously cruel king Minos. The Minotaur sated his appetites, both sexual and gastronomic, on young maidens and is frequently regarded as an icon of sexual perversion and cruelty. Picasso’s later representations, then, in which the self-referential Minotaur requires the gentle guidance of a child is ironic. The Minotaur alludes both to Picasso’s famous sexual appetites and to an emotional or psychological distance between himself and the women in his life; indeed the artist depicts himself as entirely different species from the women in these paintings!

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Vollard Suite: Minotaur Caressing a Sleeping Woman  (1933)  by Pablo Picasso

FEMME NUE DEBOUT A SA TOILETTE by Bob Kessel
Feb 2nd, 2010 by admin

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FEMME NUE DEBOUT A SA TOILETTE by Bob Kessel

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“FEMME NUE DEBOUT A SA TOILETTE” by Bob Kessel, is from his art series “PICASSO IN PARIS” based on the works of Pablo Picasso. This picture and many others, can be purchased as signed and numbered limited edition original fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for prices and availability.

Picasso’s Variations On the Masters

Iconoclastic yet deeply rooted in the art of the past, Picasso endlessly copied, reworked, paraphrased and transformed well-known pictures by artists who obsessed him Manet, Velazquez, Ingres, Delacroix as well as images by Renoir, El Greco, Rembrandt, Gauguin, Degas, Cranach and Courbet.

In Picasso’s “variations” on these artists, he pits his powers of invention against the conventions of his predecessors. The detachment afforded by the variations enabled him to revitalize his art, to assess his own position in the western European tradition and to take up lifelong themes.

Throughout his career, Picasso used classic paintings as inspiration for his own work. Typically, the earlier paintings did not inspire just a single work, but a sequence of paintings, sometimes dozens of them.

Some of these sequences were inspired by Manet’s “Le déjeuner sur l’herbe” and Velasquez’s “Las Meninas”.

First, it shows that, for Picasso, art was a process, rather than a goal. As the sequences develop, we can see him continuously reinterpreting the original, changing directions, as a way of exploring the original and his reactions to it.

It is OK to be derivative (in the best sense). Our art culture places an extreme value on originality. The idea of copying great art, and being inspired by it to develop your own variations on a theme, is currently underappreciated, even though this technique has always been used by great artists. (In art, Van Gogh comes to mind. And in music, Bach, Mozart, and of course, all jazz musicians).

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