24 Oct ARCADIA. 1973.
Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1973
30.5 x 61.0cm, two colour offset lithograph with an image (by George Oliver) of a modern tank in leafy camouflage. The word Arcadia below refers to an unspoilt rural paradise.
The Tate Gallery says of this work (and there is little more to add so we quote it here): "In this print, Finlay draws an ironic parallel between this idea of a natural paradise and the camouflage patterns on a tank. There is also an echo of the Latin phrase ‘Et in Arcadia Ego’ (‘I too was in Arcadia’), used by the seventeenth-century French artist Nicolas Poussin in a painting of a group of shepherds discovering a tomb. Like Poussin, Finlay reminds us that death is present everywhere, even in paradise."