Bob Dylan's paintings exhibited at a New York art gallery have drawn criticism for similarities to several well-known photographs. 

Dylan has said the The Asia Series exhibit at the Gagosian Gallery represents firsthand depictions of people, street scenes, architecture and landscape of Japan, China, Vietnam and Korea.

The New York Times' Arts Beat blog, however, observed that some of Dylan's visual journal looked a lot like world famous photographs.

His painting of two men is similar to a Henri Cartier-Bresson photo taken in 1948, while a 1950 photograph of three men playing a game, looked identical to another painting in the series. Another Dylan work titled Opium is remarkably similar to a 1915 Leon Busy photo, says the report.

A representative for Dylan declined to comment on the Gagosian exhibition, which is scheduled to run from Sept. 20-Oct. 22.