Charles Allan Gilbert's Black Paint
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Original copy of All is Vanity using the paint, located in the Dark Vault


Charles Allan Gilbert


Bucket of Black Paint


When used causes suicidal thoughts


Leads to suicide


Painting with

Collected by

Warehouse 13







Date of Collection



Origin[edit | edit source]

Charles Allan Gilbert (1873 - 1929) was a prominent American illustrator. His most prominent piece of work was a published drawing titled All is Vanity. The drawing employs a double image in which the scene of a woman admiring herself in a mirror, changes shape when seen from a distance where it resembles a skull. The title come from the Bible, Ecclesiastes 1:2 "Vanity of vanities, saith the Preach, vanity of vanities; all is vanity". This refers to the vanity and pride of man. In art, vanity has long been represented as a woman preoccupied with her beauty. The art that contains a human skull as a focal point is called a memento mori, Latin for "remember you will die".

The paint used to create such a work of art was imbued with the anger and depression caused by Gilbert facing a period of depression about death.

Effects[edit | edit source]

When used causes suicidal thoughts, no matter what is painted. An Agent attempted to paint a sunset but was still driven to self harm, put on 50/50 then suicide watch. After a week their temperament returned to normal.

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