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YOSHITOMO NARA (B. 1959)
Mr Penck and I
signed with artist’s signature, dated ‘94’ twice and titled in Japanese (on the reverse)
acrylic on canvas
100 x 100 cm. (39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in.)
Painted in 1994
Provenance
Hakutosha, Nagoya, Japan
Acquired from the above by the present owner circa 1996
Literature
Bijutsu Shuppan Sha, Yoshitomo Nara: The Complete Works Volume 1 - Paintings, Sculptures, Editions, Photographs, Tokyo, Japan, 2011 (illustrated, plate P-1994-015, p. 102).
Seigensha, Yoshitomo Nara: Self-selected Works – Paintings, Kyoto, Japan, 2015 (illustrated, pp. 40 and 153)

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“He (Yoshitomo Nara) was invited by German painter A.R. Penck to pursue his studies and was granted a Meisterschüler (master course) title in painting. This was a period of great isolation for Nara, during which he was reminded of his adolescent years in Aomori. The two psychologically coincided inside him; as he recalls, ‘The sky above winter in Germany was exactly like the sky in Aomori. It was an unexpected rediscovery of an almost forgotten value.”
– Mika Yoshitake, Curator

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