Skull with burning cigarette- Vincent Van Gogh

May 18, 2012

We have been showing you quite a bit of modern skull art, but today we thought we might delve back a bit further and dig something up from the past.

Todays skull is “Skull with burning cigarette” by Vincent Van Gogh.

Painted in 1886, it is thought to reflect a bit of Van Gogh’s quirky humour… because cutting off your ear is a real laugh!

From afar the oil painting looks rough (I don’t mean rough but I can’t think of the right word for what I am thinking!) but up close Van Gogh has done what we all love with a skull painting…. Put in some anatomy!

On this guys chin we can see the mental foramen (again with the foramen!) and what looks to be a coronal suture climbing up the side of the head.

If you want to go and visit this painting in person (in canvas?) you can see it in the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam.

One comment

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE this painting!

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