THE KESSEL RUN OF NEW POSTERS Episode IX

THE KESSEL RUN OF NEW POSTERS Episode IX

Limited edition posters of contemporary artist Bob Kessel.

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

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BOB KESSEL SHUNGA POSTER (Byobu)  30″ x 40″

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shunga poster hump by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL SHUNGA POSTER (Hump)  30″ x 40″

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basic black poster necklace by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL BASIC BLACK POSTER (Necklace)  30″ x 40″

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super art poster round by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL SUPER ART POSTER (Super Round)  30″ x 40″

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basic black poster kimono by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL BASIC BLACK POSTER (Kimono)  30″ x 40″

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artist models poster matisse studio by bobkessel

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

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art over decor poster poet's chair

BOB KESSEL ART OVER DECOR POSTER (Piet’s Chair)  30″ x 40″

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ballet poster swan lake by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL BALLET POSTER (Swan Lake)  30″ x 40″

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plein air poster tree pond by bobkessel

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

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plein air poster rowboat by bobkessel

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

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REISSUED POSTERS 9 BY BOB KESSEL

REISSUED POSTERS 9 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.

basic black poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL BASIC BLACK POSTER (Moon Trees)  30″ x 40″

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basic black poster genoux by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL BASIC BLACK POSTER (Genoux)  30″ x 40″

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artworks assemble poster doc strange by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL ARTWORKS ASSEMBLE! POSTER (Doc Strange Agamotto)  30″ x 40″

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contemplation poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL CONTEMPLATION POSTER (Fishing)  30″ x 40″

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lemons poster rind by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL LEMONS POSTER (Rind)  30″ x 40″

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by the seashore poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL BY THE SEASHORE POSTER (Sunbeam)  30″ x 40″

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ukiyoe poster rapids by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL UKIYOE POSTER (Rapids)  30″ x 40″

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newport nauticals poster escape by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL NEWPORT NAUTICALS POSTER (Xscape)  30″ x 40″

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shunga poster couple by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL SHUNGA POSTER (Couple)  30″ x 40″

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the nude poster spiegel by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL THE NUDE POSTER (Spiegel)  30″ x 40″

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flowers poster white roses by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL FLOWERS POSTER (White Roses)  30″ x 40″

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cote d'azur poster cavaler by bobkessel

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

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dots entertainment! poster errant dot by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL DOTS ENTERTAINMENT! POSTER (Errant Dot)  30″ x 40″

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REISSUED POSTERS 6 BY BOB KESSEL

REISSUED POSTERS 6 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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basic black poster tanya by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL BASIC BLACK POSTER (Tanya)  30″ x 40″

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basic black poster red carpet by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL BASIC BLACK POSTER (Red Carpet)  30″ x 40″

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basic black poster oda by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL BASIC BLACK POSTER (Oda)  30″ x 40″

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basic black poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL BASIC BLACK POSTER (Moon Reflection)  30″ x 40″

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basic black poster by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL BASIC BLACK POSTER (Belt)  30″ x 40″

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art history poster flaming june by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL ART HISTORY POSTER (Flaming June)  30″ x 40″

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cote d'azur poster grand arbes by bobkessel

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

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kimono poster lady murasaki by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL KIMONO POSTER (Lady Murasaki)  30″ x 40″

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flowers poster red by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL FLOWERS POSTER (Red)  30″ x 40″

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flowers poster blue vase by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL FLOWERS POSTER (Blue Vase)  30″ x 40″

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flowers poster jar by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL FLOWERS POSTER (Jar)  30″ x 40″

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flowers poster white by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL FLOWERS POSTER (White)  30″ x 40″

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reading poster green book by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL READING POSTER (Green Book)  30″ x 40″

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reading poster madchen by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL READING POSTER (Madchen)  30″ x 40″

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reading poster joie de vivre by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL READING POSTER (Joie de vivre)  30″ x 40″

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japonisme poster print by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL JAPONISME POSTER (Print)  30″ x 40″

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shunga poster coupling by bobkessel

BOB KESSEL SHUNGA POSTER (Coupling)  30″ x 40″

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EROTIC ART by Bob Kessel

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-bob-kessel1

SHUNGA LOVERS erotic art by Bob Kessel

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shunga-pink-kimono-bob-kessel1

SHUNGA PINK KIMONO erotic art by Bob Kessel

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shunga-ride-em-bob-kessel

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-bob-kessel

SHUNGA BIG LEGS erotic art by Bob Kessel

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SHUNGA SCREEN erotic art by Bob Kessel

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SHUNGA: JAPANESE EROTIC ART by Bob Kessel

Bob Kessel has created a new art series titled, “SHUNGA” based on Japanese woodblock prints.

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.

Email:  b.kessel@snet.net • Phone: (860)334-9438

STARS & STRIPES

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SHUNGA STARS by Bob Kessel

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SHUNGA STRIPES by Bob Kessel

UTAMARO

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SHUNGA print by Utamaro

Kitagawa Utamaro (喜多川 歌麿, 1753 – 1806 was a Japanese printmaker and painter, who is considered one of the greatest artists of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints. He is known especially for his masterfully composed studies of women, known as bijinga.

Utamaro produced over two thousand prints during his working career, along with a number of paintings, surimono, as well as many illustrated books, including over thirty shunga books, albums, and related publications.

His work reached Europe in the mid-nineteenth century, where it was very popular, enjoying particular acclaim in France. He influenced the European Impressionists, particularly with his use of partial views and his emphasis on light and shade. The reference to the “Japanese influence” among these artists often refers to the work of Utamaro.

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SHUNGA by Bob Kessel after Utamaro

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UTAMARO MOVIE

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Utamaro and his Five Women / Utamaro o Meguro Gonin no Onna (1947 Japan 90mins)

The most erotic and autobiographical of Mizoguchi’s films, UTAMARO AND HIS FIVE WOMEN is considered by many critics the crowning achievement of his middle period. It was a favourite of Susan Sontag, who frequently selected it for her Carte Blanche programmes. We could not include UTAMARO in our recent Mizoguchi retrospective because no decent print was then available, but a new 35mm print was struck just in time for these screenings. The film draws many parallels between Mizoguchi and the woodblock print artist who is its subject. (Both partook of the “floating world” of geishas, and both made their reputation with portraits of women.) Amidst the frenzied world of seventeenth-century Edo, with its sprawl of brothels and bars, the printmaker Utamaro patiently, painstakingly devotes himself to his art. The “five women” of the title are his models, including a courtesan (the great Kinuyo Tanaka) who kills her unfaithful lover. When Utamaro is arrested for outraging a local magistrate and is forbidden to draw for fifty days, art becomes, as it no doubt was for Mizoguchi, a matter of life and death. UTAMARO AND HIS FIVE WOMEN ranks with the most stirring of cinema’s classics about artistic creation. “If you want to know how we really treat what people like to call ‘the art form of our times,’ you may consider the case of one of that art form’s very greatest practitioners, the late Kenji Mizoguchi. . . . The film is, among other things, the exercise of an exceptionally active and intricate intelligence” (Roger Greenspun, The New York Times).

Mizoguchi’s regular scriptwriter Yoda, who worked with him (more precisely, for him) for 20 years, claimed in his memoirs that in the script for this film he was “almost unconsciously” drawing a portrait of Mizoguchi through Utamaro. The equation Utamaro=Mizoguchi has been irresistible to most critics as the two artists did have a lot in common. Both of them worked in a popular mass-produced medium operated by businessmen, and chafed under oppressive censorship regimes; both frequented the pleasure quarters and sought the company of geishas; but, most significantly, they both achieved fame for their portraits of women. In a highly charged scene in this film, Utamaro paints, directly on the back of a beautiful courtesan, a sketch that is later tattooed into her skin. One could say that this creative act (and the passion the artist displays in executing it) literalises the fact that both artists achieved fame on the backs of women – relying on them to arouse and express themselves, emotionally and aesthetically.

The five women of the title – the refined courtesan Tagasode, the fiery geisha Okita, the respectable artist’s daughter Yukie, the shy peasant girl Oran and the plain artisan Oshin – cover a range of feminine types and personalities but they are alike in two respects. They all actively pursue the object of their desire, however puny he may be. They also share a respect for the power of Utamaro to make them famous in life, if not posthumously, to render them eternally young and beautiful. (These women had in fact very brief careers. Under the ruthless system of exploitation that operated in the pleasure quarters, young bodies were required. In the rapid turnover of staffing, they would be soon discarded and replaced by younger women.)

The film exposes both their pathetic vanity and the brutal lust and voyeurism of the male artist – who is often one of their clients, and certainly a servant of the system that exploits them. In the two crucial scenes when Utamaro, who has been suffering from a creative block, is first turned on and then artistically inspired by the bare body of young Oran, Mizoguchi prefigures and extends (beyond the West) the thesis of John Berger and the whole feminist critique of the functioning of the female body in art.