Damien Hirst: greatest hits in pictures

View the artist's works that rocked and shocked the world

Damien Hirst's work may divide critical opinion but there's no denying that his art creates impact. Everyone has heard of his shark, spots and diamond skull. Now he has a major retrospective at Tate Modern. Helen Sumpter charts the works that rocked and shocked the world.

6. Butterflies

Detail of 'Sympathy in White Major - Absolution II',  2006, by Damien Hirst Detail of 'Sympathy in White Major - Absolution II', 2006, by Damien Hirst - © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved. DACS 2011. Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates

Hirst’s first solo show, held in 1991 on two floors of a disused London shop, was the butterfly installation ‘In and Out of Love’. Upstairs, pupae attached to white paintings hatched out into the gallery. Downstairs, dead lepidoptera were stuck to coloured canvases. Hirst followed this up by creating dazzling stained glass-esque arrangements of the unfortunate late insects' wings.

Find your favourite Hirst hit

‘The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living’, 1991 ‘A Thousand Years’, 1990 Spot paintings Spin paintings ‘Lullaby, the Seasons Spring’ 2002 Butterflies Pharmacy ‘For the Love of God’, 2007

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