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Damien Hirst's iconic Politeness print 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. 

Limited edition of 1549 artworks. 

Measures 120 x 96 cm. 

This artwork is stored in its original Heni 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 Politeness from The Virtues

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