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H10-2 Nūr Jahān

H10-2 Nūr Jahān
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Giclée print, 2022
Signed Print

Critical Review

The print is part of Hirst’s collection H-10 The Empresses which is composed of five gliclée prints. Each print in this series shows a captivating pattern made out of red butterflies and the prints are all named after an Empress from different historical periods. This print is named after Nūr Jahān who became the Empress of the Mughal Empire in 1611 after marrying Emperor Jahāngīr. Nūr Jahān was a talented architect whose work is said to have inspired the design of the Taj Mahal in the Indian city, Agra.

Butterflies frequently appear in Hirst’s artworks. One of Hirst’s most memorable pieces which uses the insect as its focal point was the interactive installation that the artist produced for his first solo exhibition In and Out of Love in London in 1991. In this installation, Hirst bred butterflies in a humid room which flew around the exhibition space, interacting with the people who came to the exhibition. Other works in which Hirst uses butterflies are his Mandala paintings and his Kaleidoscope collection which the artist started in 2001.