Even if you don’t live in an area with changing leaves, you are still likely in the spirit for fall colors and activities, pumpkin spice, and Halloween!
After a customer sent us photos of some of our pieces and other items arranged into still lifes for her students, we started thinking about the fact that some of the items were skulls. In painting, the official term for imagery of this type is “Vanitas still life,” and this theme was most popular in the Netherlands in the 17th century. “Vanitas” is Latin for “vanity,” and here it refers to the insignificance and impermanence of earthly life as opposed to the Christian value of eternal life.
We were so inspired by the themes of Vanitas still lifes, autumn, and Halloween, that we created some photo compositions featuring our pieces! You will find them below, also accompanied by those of the aforementioned customer, Laura Nothern.
“I hope I can be the autumn leaf, who looked at the sky and lived. And when it was time to leave, gracefully it knew life was a gift.” ~ Dodinsky
Enjoy all that fall has to offer!
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