Untitled, from the series: Laments: From Close-Range, Nobuyoshi Araki
Nobuyoshi Araki
Untitled, from the series: Laments: From Close-Range
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Nobuyoshi Araki

Untitled, from the series: Laments: From Close-Range, 1991


Blatt
114.0 x 92.0 cm
Physical Description
Gelatin silver print on baryta paper
Inventory Number
DZF 102
Acquisition
DZ BANK Art Collection at the Städel Museum
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

The end of love! Before he, similar to the film director Nagisa Ōshima with his fatally lived out love ecstasies in "In the Realm of the Senses" (1976), caused a sensation all over the world with his bondage photos of the tied up, bound female body, Nobuyoshi Araki followed his wife Yoko with the camera to her death. Flowers, especially orchids with their flowering, dying instinct, adorned the journey from the couple's wedding day to 1991, the year of her death. They wilt along a path that Araki described in his famous book of photographs "Sentimental Journey" with a similarly painful obsession as the painter Ferdinand Hodler described the emaciation of his companion Valentine Godé-Darel's life by cancer. Withered, in the vicinity of the grieving photographer, Arakis flowers mourn the loss – "Laments: From Close-Range". His "photo-ego" then turns completely to body art. In realistic images that know no difference between sexual passion and artistic erotic action, Araki arrives at the analogy of bondage and embrace. He anticipates censorship by overpainting delicate details.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Untitled, from the series: Laments: From Close-Range (Original Title)
Photographer
Edition
ohne Auflage
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Gelatin silver print on baryta paper
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
DZ BANK Kunstsammlung im Städel Museum, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Nobuyoshi Araki
Acquisition
DZ BANK Art Collection at the Städel Museum

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif

Iconclass

Primary
  • 41E1 still life of related objects
  • 41A6711 flowers in a vase
  • 25G41(+35) flowers (+ withering, leaves or flowers falling off)
Secondary

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24.11.2020