Head of a Skeleton with a Burning Cigarette
This skeleton with a lit cigarette in its mouth is a juvenile joke. Van Gogh painted it in early 1886 while studying at the art academy in Antwerp. The painting shows that he had a good command of anatomy.
Drawing skeletons was a standard exercise at the academy, but painting them was not part of the curriculum. He must have made this painting at some other time, between or after his lessons.
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– Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Creator: Vincent van Gogh
Date: January–February 1886
Original Medium: Oil on canvas
Location: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Approximate Measurements for Each:
Paper Size: 8.00" W x 10.00" H, Image Size: 6.79" W x 9.00" H
Paper Size: 11.00" W x 14.00" H, Image Size: 9.81" W x 13.00" H
Paper Size: 16.00" W x 20.00" H, Image Size: 13.58" W x 18.00" H
Paper Size: 22.00" W x 28.00" H, Image Size: 19.61" W x 26.00" H
Paper Size: 32.00" W x 40.00" H, Image Size: 28.66" W x 38.00" H
Paper Size: 40.00" W x 60.00" H, Image Size: 38.00" W x 50.38" H