This juxtaposition of an academic still life (nature morte in French) and academic figure study presents the challenge of two focal points in one painting, and has life and death side-by-side. It is a study in oil.
It is interesting to see different artistic choices. Above is my original photo, below the photo after adjustments to publish on Dylan Rosser's themaleform.net He wanted the photos to "pop" more. They certainly do. They become darker and grainier and give a completely different atmosphere: perhaps more raunchy. The original is perhaps more inviting.