The Skull of a Skeleton Romance Novel
The Romance Novel, an off the shoulder floor length gown adorned with Van Gogh's consistently modern and relevant smoking skull
"The most well-known work van Gogh painted during his stay in Antwerp is titled ‘Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette.’ This oil-on-canvas painting not only features his penchant for dark, somber colors, but the subject matter — at least on the surface — is as morose as any of his work to date. But what was an artist without human subjects to do? In an academic setting the introduction to live models consisted of a study of skeletons, serving to give students an understanding of human anatomy.
(Van Gogh’s ‘Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette’ depicts a skull with a lit cigarette dangling from its teeth. Although this particular work would not be out of place in an anti-smoking campaign, Vincent loved his tobacco and did not likely intend the painting as such.)
The reality is — Vincent van Gogh was a very poor student. It wasn’t that he didn’t want to learn — he certainly did — he simply did a poor job of learning what others tried to teach him, especially if the teaching was more academic than practical. Vincent believed that art, and the study of art, should be a practical experience with a focus on areas identified by oneself.
Unfortunately, the structured academic environment of the art academy did not conform to his personal views. Vincent considered his art classes “damned boring,” and, as such, he often engaged in open conflict with his instructors and let his work reflect his views and experiences. Other works completed by Vincent at the art academy include further examples of his ‘studio humor.’ His ‘Hanging Skeleton and Cat’ is a study of two conflicting subjects in one piece — while the simply titled ‘Skull’, a painting incorporating an unusual use of yellow, is said to be Vincent’s own personal study of human mortality."
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