Audrey Flack, Wheel of Fortune, 1977-78

Audrey Flack, Wheel of Fortune (Vanitas), Oil over acrylic on canvas, 96 x 96 inches. Courtesy of Gary Snyder Project Space.

Vanitas  (macabre) - A still life. A very, very still life. Simon Renard de St. André (1613 or 1614-1677) was a painter and copperplate engraver born in the 17th century in France. In his lifetime, he was regarded as a highly skilled portraitist. [1] He is remembered today for his vanitas paintings, which contain symbols that remind the viewer of the transcience of life and wealth.

Simon Renard de Saint-André, “Vanitas” Tilted skull, short and unlit candle, hourglass almost empty. All these meaningful objects echo each other as symbols of the ephemeral nature of life.

All this so miserable, yet they all still praise it. Modern Vanitas - oil - by rebekie.b

All this so miserable, yet they all still praise it. Modern Vanitas - oil - by rebekie.

Image: Nicolaes van Veerendael - N.v.Veerendael /Vanitas Still-Life/ Ptg.

Image: Nicolaes van Veerendael - N.Veerendael /Vanitas Still-Life/ Ptg.

TAMSIN VAN ESSEN, VANITAS VANITATUM VASE: "influenced from 17th century dutch vanitas paintings...using an etching tool to remove material from the slip cast porcelain forms and a sandblaster in its bisqued state,   the decoration becomes part of the ceramic structure. during the last kiln firing, areas of the vases begin to peel"

Tamsin van Essen ceramic vase influenced by C. dutch vanitas paintings, capturing the moment of decay.

Cornelis van der Meulen  Vanitas Still Life  1688

Cornelis van der Meulen* A Vanitas Still Life of a Skull, a guttering Candle, a tortoiseshell Mirror, a Book, a Statue and a pack of Cards

Vanitas still life, oil on wood panel by Jan Vermeulen, 1654. 73.3 × 57.8 cm.

Vanitas still life, oil on wood panel by Jan Vermeulen, 1654

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