Paul Cézanne: Still Life with Skull (Nature morte au crâne), Paul Cézanne, 1896–1898, Oil on canvas, Skulls appear frequently in the European still life tradition, serving as reminders of the fleetingness of life. Cézanne tended to avoid such props, however, favoring more ordinary household items like napkins, fruit, and ceramic vessels. It wasn't until the last decade of his career that Cézanne began to represent skulls with some regularity--perhaps reflecting a preoccupation with his own mortality. The smudges of orange paint across the eye socket are probably the result of this canvas leani

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Paul Cézanne: Still Life with Skull (Nature morte au crâne), Paul Cézanne, 1896–1898, Oil on canvas, Skulls appear frequently in the European still life tradition, serving as reminders of the fleetingness of life. Cézanne tended to avoid such props, however, favoring more ordinary household items like napkins, fruit, and ceramic vessels. It wasn't until the last decade of his career that Cézanne began to represent skulls with some regularity--perhaps reflecting a preoccupation with his own mortality. The smudges of orange paint across the eye socket are probably the result of this canvas leani

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Image ID: 2B9GRBX