The Skateroom - Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette

Limited Edition of 250

Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette,
Vincent VAN GOGH

No doubt one of Van Gogh’s most macabre works, Skull of a skeleton with a burning cigarette is probably the most distinguished of his paintings from the Antwerp period.

It’s likely that the work was painted from a skeleton in an anatomy class while Vincent Van Gogh was studying art. A sketch, Hanging Skeleton and Cat, from the same period would appear to confirm this. The work–a stark momento mori–was produced in a time when Van Gogh’s health was poor (due to stomach ailments and rotting teeth) and may reflect Vincent’s own concerns about his state of well-being. Some interpret the work as being a statement of defiance against Vincent’s faltering health.

This disturbing painting Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette may have been influenced by the similar macabre works produced by the Belgian artist Félicien Rops. It’s known that Vincent owned a copy of Rops’ Uilenspiegel, a satirical arts journal and the work of Rops (shown at right), The Husbands’ Train: The Death of the Sinner, suggests a clear influence on Vincent’s own two skull and skeleton works cited here.

Van Gogh may also have been influenced by one of his own countrymen, the 17th-century Dutch artist, Hercules Segers, who also produced a disturbing work of a skull. It remains uncertain whether Van Gogh was aware of Segers’ works, but he did, of course, have a thorough knowledge of Dutch painters throughout the 17th to 19th centuries.

We are excited to collaborate with the Van Gogh Museum to produce this iconic artwork of Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette on a skateboard deck to put on your wall.

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No doubt one of Van Gogh’s most macabre works, Skull of a skeleton with a burning cigarette is probably the most distinguished of his paintings from the Antwerp period.

It’s likely that the work was painted from a skeleton in an anatomy class while Vincent Van Gogh was studying art. A sketch, Hanging Skeleton and Cat, from the same period would appear to confirm this. The work–a stark momento mori–was produced in a time when Van Gogh’s health was poor (due to stomach ailments and rotting teeth) and may reflect Vincent’s own concerns about his state of well-being. Some interpret the work as being a statement of defiance against Vincent’s faltering health.

This disturbing painting Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette may have been influenced by the similar macabre works produced by the Belgian artist Félicien Rops. It’s known that Vincent owned a copy of Rops’ Uilenspiegel, a satirical arts journal and the work of Rops (shown at right), The Husbands’ Train: The Death of the Sinner, suggests a clear influence on Vincent’s own two skull and skeleton works cited here.

Van Gogh may also have been influenced by one of his own countrymen, the 17th-century Dutch artist, Hercules Segers, who also produced a disturbing work of a skull. It remains uncertain whether Van Gogh was aware of Segers’ works, but he did, of course, have a thorough knowledge of Dutch painters throughout the 17th to 19th centuries.

We are excited to collaborate with the Van Gogh Museum to produce this iconic artwork of Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette on a skateboard deck to put on your wall.

Van Gogh Museum
Limited Edition of 250
Produced and numbered by The Skateroom in 2019
Hand Signed Certificate of Authenticity by the Van Gogh Museum
® Van Gogh Museum, © VGME B.V.

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Single skateboard deck measures approx. 31x8in (80x20cm)

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Made of 7 ply Grade A Canadian Maple wood
Top-print includes printed signature by the artist
1 wall mount included per deck

Each skate deck measures approximately 31X8IN (80X20CM)

Supported Social Project

Skateboarding for kids with special needs

Project by Special Olympics South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

Skateistan in Johannesburg

Buying guide

“Printed Signature on the deck” refers to the printed signature of the artist included on the top-print. Most decks feature this printed signature, though some specified editions can also feature a hand signed artist signature.

Art for Social Impact is at the core of who we are and what we stand for. We donate up to 25% of profits to support social projects. The percentage donated depends on several factors such as the edition, the price, the retailer’s margin, the royalties paid to the artists and foundations. Since the start of The Skateroom in 2014, we’ve donated more than $1,000,000 to support social projects empowering at-risk youth around the world.

In 2019, we became a Certified B Corporation. The Skateroom is also CO2 neutral, chooses to source its skateboard wood from certified sustainable forests, and uses water-based ink for its prints.

These editions of artwork are intended for decorative purposes. While you could definitely skate on them if you wanted to, we provide you with one wall mount per deck to hang them on your wall, just like a painting.

We provide you with everything you need to hang your boards up. It’s really easy to set up and you can find all the instuctions right here. Our team is also always ready to help if you have any additional questions.

Direct exposure to sunlight might result in discoloration and damage to your editions. To avoid this, we strongly suggest hanging your art-decks away from direct natural light.

You have up to 14 days after receiving your order to request a return. The 14-day return policy is applicable on all products except limited hand-signed editions. We will provide you with a return label to send us back the purchased edition in the same condition as when received, with the original packaging and documentation.

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Thanks to Van Gogh Museum for making this collaboration possible.

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