The Skelly Dance II


The Skelly Dance I is a parody of Henri Matisse’s classic work, The Dance. It’s part of my Old (Dead) Masters series in which I skeletonize famous works of art for my own nefarious aims. Free shipping anywhere in the continental USA.



the skelly dance II is a parody of Henri Matisse's The Dance featuring skeletons dancing in a circle on a green hill

©2017 Marie Marfia The Skelly Dance II, 20.75×28.75″, pastel on paper.

About The Skelly Dance II

This skelly painting is a parody of Henri Matisse’s classic work, The Dance, which I’ve skeletonized for my own nefarious ends. The Skelly Dance I is part of my Old (Dead) Masters series in which I recreate classic works of art with skeletons instead of flesh and blood humans. It’s fun!

The original Skelly Dance I was destroyed in an accident but you can still order cards, prints and canvas wraps. Free shipping anywhere in the continental USA. Contact me about shipping outside the USA.

Available in paper prints, cards and canvas wrap

You can choose from 11×16.5″ or 6.75×10″ inkjet prints on double-sided matte paper, 5×7″ greeting cards with matching white envelopes, or canvas wrap prints in three different sizes. There’s something for every budget and every size wall here, so do your worst. I’ll love you for it. Prices include shipping anywhere in the continental USA. Everywhere else, please contact me.

Old Dead Masters series

The Old (Dead) Masters series is my way of paying homage to the great artists that have come before. I learn new things every time I copy a famous work and this is knowledge that I use in the works that come later. I try to be faithful to the original pieces but I am after an authentic feeling to the work, rather than a stroke by stroke reproduction.

I’ve been to this rodeo before

This particular work is the second time I’ve painted The Dance by Matisse. Unfortunately, the first version I did was destroyed in an accident at the framer’s. Since it was scheduled to be exhibited at ArtPrize Nine, I had to re-paint it. On the plus side, it’s given me a chance to revisit this awesome work and I took the opportunity to craft a more accurate rendering of the piece.

About skellies

I love skellies because they’re fearless and free. When painting them I find that they take on a life of their own! If they make you laugh, then I feel my job is done. Life is short! Skellies are forever!


Pastels are my medium of choice because they’re so versatile and immediate. I love the way the light refracts when it hits the chalk. I love all the different marks you can make with them. This piece was done on Canson Touch paper, which has a light tooth. I used Rembrandt and NuPastel pastels to recreate Matisse’s masterpiece.


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Original, 32×48" Canvas Wrap $372.00, 16×24" Canvas Wrap $148.00, 8×12" Canvas Wrap $76.00, 11×16.5 Print $40.00, 6.75×10" Print $20.00, Greeting Card $5.00