Memento mori, even known as Vanitas paintings, is a genre with a symbology referring to death and afterlife. A reminder our of mortality, with attempts to bring knowledge about the abstraction in earthly life.
Motif of this kind became increasingly common during the baroque and renaissance, a period where "real-life" questions and fears came into their minds.
Initially, it was within the Christian art as subjects considering the vanity of earthly life became a regular occurrence.
The Art of d Dying " Ars moriendi" - became popular representations in Christian art. A genre in which putti and angels were frequent elements.
Bohumil Kubišta was strongly influenced by Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh and Edvard Munch. Particularly similarities with the abstract cubist paintings.
He may also be seen as a great example of modern Memento mori imagery. With a number of still-life paintings.