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"Winter Journey: Portrait of the Artist's Late Wife Yoko" (c. 1990) is one of the most beautiful and haunting gelatin silver print photographs by Nobuyoshi Araki, as it is a poignant image of his late wife in the final year of her battling a terminal illness. Dimensions: 10.65 x 15.87 inches (27.10 x 40.30 cm), unframed, bordered in white matte. Excellent condition. From their honeymoon to their home life and vacations, we begin to understand the relationship between the young couple, a relationship that Araki continues to explore through his later series Winter Journey (1989/90), a period that that marks the final chapter in their lives together, as Yoko battles with terminal illness and they say their final goodbyes. This is the only known edition of this image to come to international auction. A relatively unknown photographer in the late 1960s, Nobuyoshi Araki began documenting his young wife through an intimate series titled My Wife Yoko (1967-1976), a body of work now considered one of the Japanese photographers most important.

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  • The Artist. 2008: Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen, Denmark. Acquired directly from the above by present Private Collection, E.U.
  • Pickup Location: Denmark
  • Shipping Dimensions: 10.65 x 15.87 in. (27.05 x 40.31 cm.)
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