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Damien Hirst: Victory Over Death - Signed Print

Victory Over Death
Signed Print

Damien Hirst


This estimate blends recent public auction records with our own private sale data and network demand.

Etching, 2008
Signed Print Edition of 58
H 176cm x W 119cm

Critical Review

Death is a theme that Hirst often explores through his art, exemplified by his frequent use of skulls, his interest in medicine, as well as his incorporation of dead animals and insects into his artworks. In Victory Over Death, Hirst rejects the traditional association of the skull with death and decay by decorating the skull with spectacular diamonds. The work therefore has a playful message, encouraging the viewer not to fear death, but to accept the beauty of its inevitability. Other series by Hirst which use skulls as their source of artistic inspiration are The Dead series (2009) and I Once Was What You Are, You Will Be What I Am (2007).

The work is based on Hirst’s sensational piece, For the Love of God, made in 2007. In this artwork, Hirst studded a human skull with 8,601 diamonds, making it one of the most expensive contemporary artworks in the world.

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