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Damien Hirst (British, b.1965)
LOT ID: 83478
Victory Over Death, 2008

Photogravure, etching with hand-coloring in gouache
36.75 х 33.75 in. (93.34 x 85.72 cm.)
Signed, and numbered.
Print/Casting Year 2008
Edition of 58
Foundry/Publisher Paragon Press, pub.
Lot description
The most famous and prominent member of the Young British Artist ("YBA") movement, Damien Hirst, commonly explores the theme of death and its inevitability, and the fragility of life, often through provocative means. In this work, Hirst references Baroque Vanitas, the still life paintings loaded with different symbols that reflected the meaningless of earthly life and the futility of our vices and pleasure. Among these symbols, artists depicted flowers, hourglasses, bubbles, smoke, and of course skulls. Hirst’s skull floats across a celestial void of sparkling black background to represent the brevity of life and the meaninglessness of our earthly pleasures.

This subject is showcased in his piece "Victory Over Death." The print, image size measuring 36.75 x 33.75 inches (93.3 x 85.8 cm) and paper size measuring 47.13 x 42.63 inches (119.6 x 108.4 cm), is a photogravure etching with hand-coloring by Hirst in gouache. This edition of 58 is printed on 400 gsm Velin Arches paper and signed and numbered by the artist on the reverse.
Victory Over Death by Damien Hirst
  • Victory Over Death by Damien Hirst
  • Victory Over Death by Damien Hirst
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