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Signed Print Edition of 75
H 41cm x W 44cm
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Damien Hirst’s To Love is an aquatint that comes from a series of etchings made in 2008 and was released in an edition size of 75. Hirst depicts a butterfly on a black background and signs the work, with a message, in the bottom right.
Hirst has continually used the motif of the butterfly to varying effect throughout his career. In this instance, the process of acquatint, taken from a series of etchings, enables the artist to display the butterfly in its foremost beauty. The black background stands as contrast against the detailed drawing of the orange and yellow wings of the animal. The viewer is able to see these wings in detail. The butterfly is visible in such detail because it has been enlarged.
Though it was typical of Hirst to explore the visual appeal of the butterfly, its use in this print stands in contrast to his other work. Several of Hirst’s prints have seen numerous butterflies, their wings detached from their bodies, laid out in an intricate and carefully ordered pattern, to create a kaleidoscopic attempt: this is seen most famously in his Cathedral series. This work is instead an early example of Hirst’s use of the singular butterfly. He was to pick this back up in 2015 with the series entitled I Love You.