Vanitas is a series of paintings made for the exhibition Vanitas in the Natuurmuseum Brabant, the Natural History Museum in Tilburg. The paintings are inspired by the skeleton of a Spermwhale, that was planned to be exhibit in this museumhall. The paintings are produced during the installation of the whale, in the same space. The exhibition was a collaboration with another artist, who made the sculptures on the wall.
Vanitas stands for vanity and emptiness. In seventeenth-century still lifes, skulls or withered flowers were used to visualize vanity, transience and the futility of earthly existence.
Vanitas is about the temporality of life: Memento Mori: The constant proximity of death and the relativity of earthly existence.
Oilpaint on linen, 50 x 70 cm / 50 x 90 cm
Oilpaint and Beeswax on canvas, 300 x 200 cm
Oilpaint and Encaustic on canvas, 300 x 200 cm