The Dark Humor and Artistic Depth of Van Gogh's 'Skull with Burning Cigarette'

Vincent van Gogh's painting "Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette" is one of his lesser-known works, created in 1886. This piece stands out for its unusual subject matter and dark humor, reflecting a departure from his more typical landscapes and portraits.

Van Gogh painted this during his time at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium. The painting is an example of his early work, influenced by academic studies and anatomical drawing classes. It features a skeletal figure smoking a cigarette, rendered in a realistic yet slightly exaggerated style. Van Gogh's time in Antwerp was a period of significant development in his artistic technique and exposure to new influences. This painting predates his more famous works created during his time in Paris and later in the south of France.

While not as celebrated as his later masterpieces, "Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette" showcases Van Gogh's versatility and willingness to explore different themes and styles. The painting is part of the collection at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Recently we created beautiful jewelry that highlights this unique artwork.


Photo of our black onyx beaded necklace with a pendant featuring Van Gogh's skull with a burning cigarette.

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