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All Is Vanity: Halloween Life, Death, and Existence by taiche

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The drawing employs a double image (or visual pun) in which the scene of a woman admiring herself in a mirror, when viewed from a distance, appears to be a human skull. The first reaction that “it’s a skull” is natural. Most folks never pick up the details until they get a bit closer. The actual image, of course, being of an attractive woman at her make-up table. It’s a striking illusion and we’ll let you render your own meaning from it. Skull symbolism is the attachment of symbolic meaning to the skull, generally human. The most common symbolic use of the skull is as a representation of death and mortality
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My Images Do Not Belong To The Public Domain. All images are copyright © taiche. All Rights Reserved. Copying, altering, displaying or redistribution of any of these images without written permission from the artist is strictly prohibited

Acrylic painting worked on 24×30cm evenweave box canvas.
Completed 25.9.10. The original is SOLD.
Information about skull symbolism here
Adapted from C. Allan Gilbert All is Vanity 1892
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  • taiche
    taicheover 4 years ago

  • RicIanH
    RicIanHover 4 years ago

    Brilliant design

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 4 years ago

    Excellent concept and execution

  • Ms.Serena Boedewig
    Ms.Serena Boed...about 4 years ago

    Holy Cow!! I have been slowly working on a recreation of this myself!
    One of my favorite pieces! You did well :)

  • Ms.Serena Boedewig
    Ms.Serena Boed...about 4 years ago

    I will :)

  • DragonFlyer
    DragonFlyerabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations – a really emotive work!

  • Varry
    Varryabout 4 years ago

    This is really clever taichi,I really like it…congrats on your feature ;-)

  • Catrin Stahl-Szarka
    Catrin Stahl-S...about 4 years ago

    wow, amazing!

  • Paul Horton
    Paul Hortonabout 4 years ago

    Excellent work, I love this ;0) cheers, Paul

  • Babbler
    Babblerabout 4 years ago

    great !

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