V A N I T A S II
As in Vanitas I, the Vanitas II collection continues themes concerning time, evolution, silence, the unknowable, through the science of evolution and linking this to a still life genre entitled Vanitas. As in Vanitas paintings art historically, time and the ephemeral are central themes.
See Gilbart’s Vanitas I collection.
Vanitas is a form of still life painting that developed in northern Europe in the late sixteenth century. Its’ central theme focuses on the transience and frailty of life. With this in mind commonly portrayed symbols included mirrors, clocks, feathers, flowers and skulls. In Gilbart’s series the burning candle seen here, is a recurrent theme, used repeatedly to form long threads throughout the collection.