L’Adieu Suprême des Mouchoirs

Derek Hirst (1930 - 2006)

Acrylic on panel with relief


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  • About the work
    Country: Singapore
    City: Singapore
    Place: British High Commission
    The bold arched form that shimmers in pink and red in Derek Hirst’s painting is titled after an excerpt from the poem Brise Marine, written in 1865 by the French Symbolist poet, Stéphane Mallarmé (1842–1898). The poem uses marine references as metaphors to express Mallarmé’s longing for travel and escaping his earth-bound life. L’Adieu Suprême des Mouchoirs is one of several abstract screen prints produced by Hirst in the 1970s. It mirrors the artist’s love of travel by stylistically reflecting aspects of architectural and decorative forms – particularly Islamic windows and doorways – that he discovered in southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The brilliant glow of colour in this print conveys the rich tones and light that Hirst experienced while travelling in hot, sunlit, environments.
  • About the artist
    Painter and printmaker Derek Hirst attended Doncaster School of Art in 1948 and then the Royal College of Art, London from 1948 to 1951. As a student he was introduced to the work of Picasso, Braque and Léger. In 1953 he visited the Lascaux caves in France. This exposure to art from other cultures and places profound affected his own works which tend to have a strong sense of ‘place’, drawing upon environments that he has directly experienced. In 1976 Hirst was diagnosed with cancer which abruptly halted his work for eight years. Since then his work has been shown in numerous exhibitions in the UK and overseas. He has also lectured extensively and has been artist-in-residence at institutions in Sussex, Arizona and Portugal.
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    Materials & Techniques
    acrylic (paint), panel, acrylic painting
  • Details
    L’Adieu Suprême des Mouchoirs
    Acrylic on panel with relief
    height: 70.00 cm, width: 56.00 cm
    Purchased from Angela Flowers Gallery, February 1977
    Signed dated & inscribed on stretcher bar
    GAC number