Ian Hamilton Finlay Apollo and Daphne 1975

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Artist
Title
Apollo and Daphne
Date 1975
Medium Screenprint on paper
Dimensions Image: 497 x 360 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1983
Reference
P07931
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Catalogue entry

P07931 Apollo and Daphne 1975

Screenprint 19 1/2×14 1/8 (497 × 360), printed at Girdwood, published by the Wild Hawthorn Press in an edition of about 300
Not inscribed
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1983

Text beneath the image indicates Finlay's idea of Apollo with Daphne being engulfed by a green camouflage smock: ‘APOLLO AND DAPHNE/ after Bernini/BIBLIOGRAPHY - Ovid, “Metamorphoses”; Rudolf Wittkower, “The Sculptures of Gian Lorenzo Bernini”; Historical Research Unit, Vol. 6, “Uniforms of the SS”’. In conversation with the compiler the artist mentioned that in the story of Apollo and Daphne the gods and nature ‘were behaving not unlike the Waffen SS’ (who were the first to use a smock with a leaf camouflage pattern, hence its identification with them). This image, in which Daphne is wearing a camouflage smock which replaces ‘nature’, was used as the poster for the exhibition ‘Ian Hamilton Finlay: Collaborations’ at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, 1977.

This and the following entries [P07625-P07634 and P07645-P07647] have all been approved by the artist.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986

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