With their striking colours and clearly recognisable textures, Araki's close-ups of flowers seduce to touch them. For him, flowers are symbols of the feminine, while the lizards - Jamorinksys - which are placed on them represent the masculine. In Araki's symbolism, however, Eros rarely exists without Thanatos: the texture of the dried reptiles and the more or less advanced wilting of the flowers refer to the ephemerality of all sensual pleasures.
Image dimensions 60,9 x 76,5 cm (60,9 x 76,5 inch)
Object dimensions 68,5 x 85,7 cm (68,5 x 85,7 inch)
Mounting, Framing Mount and maple wooden frame 73,5 x 91,5 cm
Signed by the artist in pencil on the reverse
PHOTO ART / Photos / Botanik / Stillleben / Vanitas /