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Skull Optical Illusions

During the late 19th and the early 20th century emerged a fascination for skull optical illusions but we think it continues to appeal to the imagination to this day.

All is Vanity

Charles Allen Gilbert produced the famous All is Vanity illustration in 1892. The illustrator was 18 years old at the time. The painting remained unsold for many years until a decade later, when Gilbert finally sold the original to the LIFE Publishing Co, a tiny cartoon tabloid sold in railroad stations for a nickel. The Vanity’s first appearance in LIFE in 1902 was an instant success. All is Vanity was soon mass-produced in a larger size, and sold to an enthusiastic American public.

all-is-vanity

All is Vanity by Charles Allen Gibert

Postcards & Prints

today-and-tomorrow

Today And Tomorrow, 1908 by HM Rose

skull-and-gondola

Unknown postcard

metamorphic-skull-postcard

Unknown postcard

tete-de-mort

Tête de mort – unknown date

tete-macabre-de-guillaume

La Guerre. Nº 40 – Tête Macabre de Guillaume

skulltur

S(K)UL(L)TUR, circa 1910

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Unidentified postcard from 1905-1910

skull-postcard

Unidentified postcard from 1909

russian-skull-postcard

Russian postcard, 1820.

la-vie-et-la-mort

La vie et la mort, circa 1908

la-tete-de-mort

La tête de mort!, 1910

die-geheimnisvolle-badezelle

Diee geheimnisvolle Badezelle, circa 1905-1910.

blossom-and-decay

Blossom and Decay, circa 1870.

au-revoir

Au Revoir, circa 1905-1910.

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L’amour de Pierrot, 1905.

 

And last but not least… The master Salvador Dali.

Ballerina In A Death's-Head, Salvador Dali, 1939

Ballerina In A Death’s-Head, Salvador Dali, 1939

In Voluptas Mors

In Voluptate Mors, Salvador Dalí & Philippe Halsman, 1951

To know more about In Voluptate Mors read here.

 

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