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.
Postcards & Prints
And last but not least… The master Salvador Dali.
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