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  Vanitas by Elsie Russell
The message found in Ecclesiastes: Vanitas vanitatum, et omnia vanitas (or Vanity of vanities, and all is vanity) made a poignant reminder and meditation for the opulent bourgeois culture which flourished in the Netherlands at that time.
None of my Vanitas paintings are such in the strict sense; their theme is less about the meaninglessness of existence in the face of inevitable mortality, than it is about embracing life in spite of its fragility and brevity.
Skull and Pomegranates is an allegorical meditation on the mysteries of Eleusis, the kidnapping and rape of Persephone by Pluto, who lured the young goddess with a ruby pomegranate away from her mother Demeter’s fertile wheatfields to the darkness of Hades to be his bride.
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 Vanitas Magazine 2
VANITAS: 211 West 19 Street, #5, New York, NY 10011.
The second issue of the poetry and arts journal Vanitas is now available through Pay Pal (see below) or at www.spdbooks.org.
Submissions may be sent by e-mail (vanitas@el.net) or regular mail (Vanitas, Vincent Katz Editor, 211 West 19th Street, #5, New York, NY 10011) from October 1 to February 28.
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