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Bob Dylan Accused Of Plagiarism


Musician-artist Bob Dylan has not commented on allegations of plagiarism in his artwork. His painting exhibit that focuses on Asia at the Gagosian Gallery in New York were supposed to be based on his travels but it appears that there were some paintings copied from photographs as old as more than a century ago.

A 1948 Cartier-Besson photo of a eunuch from the court of the Dowager Empress Tzu His dealing with an elder Chinese man was seemingly replicated in one of Dylan’s paintings at the exhibit.

A photo taken by Leon Busy in 1915 showing a Vietnamese girl in her traditional dress lying on the floor was obviously the inspiration for one of Dylan’s works called Opium.

There were also other paintings that were based on older photographs taken in Japan dating back to the 1880s.

The legendary folk musician has also been accused of plagiarizing or borrowing lyrics from other sources.

Despite all these accusations, Dylan has kept mum and let others comment on his behalf. Yes, these works may have been inspired by others but Dylan has added a different feel and texture by putting in his genuine passion and talent for the arts.

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