Damien Hirst

Eternal Rest

Damien Hirst

Eternal Rest

Price: $4,500.00

Price excludes VAT
Framing not included


Color Etching
Edition Size:
47.3 x 39.2 cm (18.6 x 15.4 in)
Signed, stamped and numbered

About the Artwork

The animal kingdom has always been a source of inspiration for Damien Hirst, and this piece, entitled “Eternal Rest”, representing a red and white butterfly against a black background, is another such example. In this print, part of his famous Butterfly's series, the artist takes all signs of life from his butterfly and has it, instead, looking like a piece from a collection in a wunderkammer.

"They’re testament to some of my most enduring interests: the relationship between science and art, natural history, mortality and our attempts to comprehend death."

Damien Hirst

Hirst’s butterfly etching is rendered in fine detail, appearing from a black background like encased specie in the enthusiast’s collection. The butterfly has wide significance as a symbol of love, regeneration, fortune, freedom, spirituality and death throughout its representation for many centuries in art and literature. Hirst, connecting this symbol to the Roman Catholic prayer The Eternal Rest, or Requiem Æternam, is asking for the progression of the souls to Heaven, to peace.

About the Artist

Hirst Sig

Damien Hirst (1965, Bristol, UK) is a leading artist of the YBA (Young British Artist) generation. He is widely regarded as one of the most important artists working today, creating truly iconic artworks.

About the printing Technique

Weng Contemporary Etching

Artists from Rembrandt to Picasso have used etching to create some of their most famous works. Etching has often been combined with other intaglio techniques such as engraving or aquatint.