Skull with Burning Cigarette

size(cm): 50x40
Sale price£140 GBP


The painting Skull with Burning Cigarette by Vincent Van Gogh is one of the least known works of the Dutch artist, but it is no less interesting for that. This work, original size 32 x 25 cm, was created in 1885, during Van Gogh's stay in Nuenen, a small town in the Netherlands.

The highlight of this work is its artistic style, which is far from the paintings that Van Gogh made in his best-known stage. In Skull with Burning Cigarette, the artist uses a more realistic and detailed technique, with careful use of light and shadow. In addition, the subject of the work is quite unusual for Van Gogh, as it is a skull with a burning candle in its mouth and a lit cigarette in its hand.

The composition of the work is very interesting, since the skull is located in the center of the painting and seems to float in a dark background. The lit cigarette in the hand of the skull creates an effect of movement and dynamism in the work, which contrasts with the stillness of the central figure.

Regarding color, Van Gogh uses a very limited palette in this work, with dark and muted tones that reinforce the sensation of mystery and death that the skull conveys.

The history of the painting is quite unknown, as it is a work that was not publicly exhibited until many years after Van Gogh's death. It is believed that the painting was made as part of an anatomy study that the artist was conducting at the time.

In short, Skull with Burning Cigarette is a very interesting work due to its artistic style, its composition and its unusual theme in Van Gogh's work. Furthermore, its little-known history makes it an even more fascinating work for art lovers.

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