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Damien Hirst: The Souls IV (topaz, Westminster blue, African gold) - Signed Print

The Souls IV (topaz, Westminster blue, African gold)
Signed Print

Damien Hirst


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

Foil Block, 2010
Signed Print Edition of 15
H 72cm x W 51cm

Critical Review

Hirst uses saturated and bright hues to depict the butterflies in The Souls series, playing with this tension between life and death that the butterflies symbolise. Hirst has used the butterfly as a reflection of life throughout his artistic oeuvre and is fascinated by the appearance of life that the insect retains in death. The Souls series is representative of the way that Hirst puts themes of morality, life, love, faith and aesthetics into dialogue with one another to create spectacular and aphoristic images.

Across the entire of The Souls series there are four species of butterflies depicted in each print, within which are 80 colour variations, each presented as an edition of 15. The abundance of butterflies across the series reflects the various insects found in a meadow, each one unique.

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