Wednesday, November 16, 2011

This Painting is titled Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette. It was created by Vincent van Gogh and the media was oil and canvas. The actual year that the painting was created is unknown but is believed to be from the period between November 1885 and January 1886. There is speculation that the painting was created as a joke and this type of “humor” is seen in another work of van Gogh which portrays a skeleton hanging with a cat in the background. This information comes from the website of the Van Gogh Museum. I found this painting interesting because it shows a skull, which is dead, smoking a cigarette, which is something that living people do. By doing this it seems like he gives life to a dead object.

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