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Derek Jarman, b.1942

Spring – Inspiration of the Poet1965

Spring – Inspiration of the Poet (1965) is a work by Jarman that was highly selective about the references that he would draw from his source materials. Based on the Nicholas Poussin’s work of the same title (1629), Jarman retains the main compositional features but then abandons the source, in order to use the borrowed composition as a frame within which to conduct his own painterly exploration.

In a way, it is a quotation of the subject, with inspiration visiting in the form of the muses. Here it is Poussin that is the muse of Jarman.

MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions152 x 152 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2020, 2020
Item NumberIMMA.4189
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Derek Jarman, Spring – Inspiration of the Poet, 1965, Oil on canvas, 152 x 152 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2020, 2020

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About the Artist

Derek Jarman 1942–1994

One of the most influential figures in twentieth-century British culture, Derek Jarman was an English film director, stage designer, diarist, artist, gardener, political activist and author. He was educated at the University of London and at the Slade School of Art.
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