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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United States (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1978 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    O'Donoghue, Tighe, born 1942 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving, drypoint, aquatint, mezzotint and hand colouring on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case LP, shelf 25

The suite of six prints of which this is one, was loosely inspired by the 'Big Bang' theory of the creation of the universe. The titles, in order, are: Alpha, Bang, Flight, Repose, Retreat and Omega. The artist describes 'Repose' as signifying accomplishment, satisfaction and culmination, with the pyramidal mount a mausoleum dedicated to the effort of all that has come before. The rose- enmeshed in a kind of enigmatic diagram- aboved the mausoleum, is intended to suggest that the Mausoleum signifies the secrets (as in 'sub rosa'), of the Universe and the fruitless yet noble quest to understand them.

'Repose' was shown in 'Art and Cartography' at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1980 where the catalogue entry notes: "According to the artist 'the struggle is over. The world and the universe are in harmony.' ....... O'Donohue Ros, like other contemporary artists in this country and in Europe, is turning increasingly to considerations of the environment, the physical and metaphysical reality of the universe and constructing abstract concepts on recognizable, tangible often topographical symols of this world."

Physical description

Image divided in two by horizontal line: lower two thirds of image a tumulus (hill or mountain shape) with shrubs and paths against a black ground , at top, a rainbow, to left and to right two moons, above, folds of translucent cloth. Upper third of image printed with creamy ground against which a scattering of broken curved lines, a pink rose and a diagrammatic dotted line.

Place of Origin

United States (possibly, made)


1978 (made)


O'Donoghue, Tighe, born 1942 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving, drypoint, aquatint, mezzotint and hand colouring on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Tighe O'Donahue / 'A/P'
Signature; edition. Both inscribed in pencil


Height: 75 cm sheet, Width: 55.7 cm sheet, Height: 45.1 cm printed surface, Width: 37.2 cm printed surface

Descriptive line

Mixed media print by Tighe O'Donoghue, 'Repose', 1978

Production Note

This work is from a suite of six prints titled Apokatastassis. The artist appears to spell his name in variant ways.


Colour printing ink; Paper


Engraving; Drypoint; Aquatint; Mezzotint; Hand-colouring

Subjects depicted

Rainbow; Cartography; Rose; Repose; Tumulus; Maps


Prints; Death

Production Type

Artist's proof


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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