The girl and the skull

Displaying the naked female body together with a skull – Eros and Thanatos – is another common scene, almost a cliché, in the history of European painting. The model chose to write out BE BRAVE on her body, as if to encourage both herself and the viewers. This almost pagan ritual is further supported by the use of a human skull which depersonalizes the subject, something reminiscent of African masks. It’s as if death itself was saying “Be brave, do not be afraid”!

 

 BE BRAVE (smaller versions) l oil on linen l 40 x 40 cm l 2015

BE BRAVE (smaller versions) l oil on linen l 40 x 40 cm l 2015

 BE BRAVE l oil on linen l 25 x 25 cm l 2015

BE BRAVE l oil on linen l 25 x 25 cm l 2015

 My model Ljiljana in front of the final painting,  at the exhibition opening .

My model Ljiljana in front of the final painting,  at the exhibition opening .