I went to see a show at the Pompidou in Paris of de Kooning and Bonnard,
when I was a student and both artists blew me away."
Bonnard preferred to work from memory, using drawings as a reference, and his paintings are often characterized by a dreamlike quality. Working in the studio, he could constantly retouch the surface by memory, building up a mosaic of colours.
Image: Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2013
From the moment he won the Turner Prize in 1995, Hirst continues to engage and surprise his audiences on Instagram.
The artist repeatedly times excited the minds of people with his works. In June 2007, Hirst presented his work For the Love of God, at an exhibition Beyond Belief, opened at the White Cube gallery in London. It was a human skull recreated in platinum and adorned with 8,601 diamonds weighing a total of 1,106.18 carats. It was modelled on an 18th-century skull, but the only surviving human part of the original was the teeth. The asking price for For the Love of God was £50,000,000 ($100 million or 75 million euros). It didn’t sell outright and was sold to a consortium that included Hirst himself and his gallery White Cube.
In September 2008, Hirst made an unprecedented move for a living artist by selling a complete show, Beautiful Inside My Head Forever, at Sotheby’s by auction and bypassing his long-standing galleries. The auction raised £111 million ($198 million), breaking the record for a one-artist auction as well as Hirst’s own record with £10.3 million for The Golden Calf, an animal with 18-carat gold horns and hooves, preserved in formaldehyde.
Left: Damien Hirst. For the Love of God, 2007. White Cube Gallery, London, England
Based on materials Artnet, Artnewspaper, Damien Hirst’s official page.