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Derek Jarman, 1942–1994

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
Dimensions Unframed, 152 x 152 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2020
Item NumberIMMA.4189
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Derek Jarman, Spring – Inspiration of the Poet, 1965, Oil on canvas, Unframed, 152 x 152 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2020

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Derek Jarman 1942–1994

English artist Derek Jarman studied at the Slade School of Art, London, in the early 60s, and was part of a group of young painters who embodied a changing mood in British art. From the late 1960s Jarman worked in set design. In 1976 he produced his first feature film.  In socially conservative Britain, his work made queer lives and history visible. From the 1980s, Jarman made music videos with artists including The Smiths, Marianne Faithful, Bob Geldof, Marc Almond, the Pet Shop Boys and Suede.

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