VANITAS

Vanitas, the popular still life paintings from 16th- and 17th-century Netherlands are a sub-genre of memento mori (Latin for ‘Remember that you will die.’), a Christian theory and art genre that served to remind people of death in the name of God. The paintings were to emphasise the frailty of life on earth and the futility of vain objects of pleasure. Even the ripest and most delicious fruit will rot, even the most exquisite flower bouquet will wilt, and when Narcissus and everyone and everything else has died, the mirror will no longer show heroes and beauties, but merely reflect the truth of life: Death will destroy all, until everything is nothing. Therefore, the Christians preached, live a good, virtuous, and God-serving life, because that is the only way to spend your transient time on earth meaningfully before you, like everyone, will die.

 

photographs
VALENTIN FABRE
fashion designer 
KORINE
make up
AURORE GIBRIEN
model
LUC BRUYERE