Bob Dylan: Art plagiarist?

Bob Dylan's artwork is on display in a Lower East Side gallery in NYC this month, giving fans a chance to take "a visual journey" through Bob Dylan's life through paintings that the gallery says are inspired by Dylan's travels and provide "firsthand depictions of people, street scenes, architecture and landscape." 

But the collection has already come under fire from art critics who claim that some of the works are plagiarized from well-known photographs.

Naturally, this whole controversy has directed even more attention to Dylan's art exhibit while longtime Dylanophiles are supposing that this may just be another trick that the ever-mysterious musical icon is playing on us all.

For comparison, check out this painting by Dylan called "Opium," which was one of the pieces used to advertise the exhibit:

Bob Dylan: Art plagiarist?

Art historians were quick to point out that the painting is an almost exact copy-paste of a photo by Léon Busy called "Woman Smoking Opium":

Bob Dylan: Art plagiarist?

Another painting in the exhibit, "Trade," very closely resembles a 1948 photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Though Dylan has declined to answer questions about his paintings, the NYC gallery hosting the exhibit, Gagosian Gallery, issued a statement about the controversy: "While the composition of some of Bob Dylan's paintings is based on a variety of sources, including archival, historic images, the paintings' vibrancy and freshness come from the colors and textures found in everyday scenes he observed during his travels."

Read more about the new exhibit and Dylan's supposed art plagiarism in the New York Times.

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