Inspired by “All is Vanity” Charles Allan Gilbert Charles Allan Gilbert (1873-1929) was an American illustrator best known for his ominous 1892 drawing "All is Vanity." The illustration depicts a young woman sitting at her vanity desk looking into a mirror, yet the picture is a reversible image creating a gestalt switch. If the viewer shifts their perspective, the illustration instead depicts a hovering human skull, its empty eyes made by the woman’s doubled form. Its appearance in the work creates a memento mori - a reminder of death - suggesting that the woman’s desire for an attractive appearance will one day be all for nought. 0.8" x 1.3" Soft Enamel Pin Single Posted Rubber Clasp.
About the Maker: Pin Museum is owned and operated by two art school sweethearts, now husband and wife in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to Pin Museum, they are designers for national and international brands, former gallerists, parents, and Mexican food devotees. In 2013, they designed and produced their first enamel pin. In 2016, they closed their gallery and launched Pin Museum with three designs by the artists Damien Hirst, Jan van Eyck, and Marcel Duchamp. Featuring work from iconic artists we know and love, as well as designs from acclaimed designers from around the world, Pin Museum strives to create and showcase art and art history-related goods to a broad viewership beyond institutional barriers. Consistently exceeding the expectations of a traditional enamel pin or fashion accessory company, they make products that spawn conversations, showcase unique personalities, and identify unique interests. Henri Matisse once said, “Creativity takes courage.” Pin Museum likes to believe they approach their business courageously.