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Damien Hirst's iconic Courage features his famous cherry blossom paintings in this large scale artwork, published in 2021. Hirst spent a significant proportion of his recent career studying cherry blossom and this series features elements from throughout his career. He created The Virtues, an eight-part series, each titled after one of The Eight Virtues of Bushidō according to Nitobe Inazō – Justice, Courage, Mercy, Politeness, Honesty, Honour, Loyalty, Control.


Laminated giclée print on aluminium composite panel. 

Released in 2021. 

Edition of 760. 

120 x 96 cm. 

Stored in its original packaging.


Damien Hirst (born 1965) rose to prominence in the late 1980s and early 1990s with his striking works of art. He was a key member of the Young British Artists, won the Turner Prize in 1995 and challenges perceptions and the limits of art. Hirst has also challenged the art market; in 2008 he held an auction with Sotheby’s and sold over 200 pieces of his work direct to the public by bypassing galleries, earning £111 million. He explores themes of life, death and religion, and has created thought provoking artworks including various animals in formaldehyde and For The Love Of God, a diamond encrusted human skull with 8,601 diamonds. 

Damien Hirst Courage from The Virtues

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