Van Gogh Museum‘s Today’s Memory
Vincent van Gogh’s Skull
Originally shared by Van Gogh Museum
When ‘Skull’ is turned upside down and viewed in raking light one can make out the profile of a woman’s head, apparently one of the studies of peasant heads that Van Gogh painted in Nuenen in 1885.
He covered up the underlying scene with a cool whitish ground before painting the present skull. It is one of several old, failed works that Van Gogh was prompted to reuse in the first half of May 1887 due to a shortage of canvas.