Saturday, November 6, 2010

ladies cultural awarness day

Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette ~ Van Gogh ~1885-86

The painting was created while van Gogh was a student at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Antwerp, Belgium. To improve his command of the human figure, Vincent attended life classes at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts, where a skeleton was used to study anatomy. The burning cigarette placed between the teeth of this bare skull typifies the irreverent humor that often reigned among art students, but the striking feature of this painting is van Gogh’s vital and confident handling of a complex subject.