Ian Hamilton Finlay

Apollo and Daphne, after Bernini


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Ian Hamilton Finlay 1925–2006
Screenprint on paper
Image: 497 × 360 mm
Purchased 1983

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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