Femur by Jean-Michel Basquiat

Femur by Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat was fascinated with anatomy from a young age, stemming from a car accident that landed him in the hospital for weeks. Seven year old Basquiat was gifted Gray’s Anatomy to better understand his injured state. The combination of illustrations, diagrams, and terminology in the scholarly text has been translated into the artist’s own visual language. The Anatomy series is Basquiat’s illustrated understanding of the human body, featuring compositions of bones, joints, and muscles. The complete Anatomy set consists of 18 prints and is now available with select titles available individually.

Created

1982

Medium

Screen print

Size

29 x 22 Inches

Presentation

Edition of 18 plus 7 AP numbered in Roman Numerals

Description

Femur by Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat was fascinated with anatomy from a young age, stemming from a car accident that landed him in the hospital for weeks. Seven year old Basquiat was gifted Gray’s Anatomy to better understand his injured state. The combination of illustrations, diagrams, and terminology in the scholarly text has been translated into the artist’s own visual language. The Anatomy series is Basquiat’s illustrated understanding of the human body, featuring compositions of bones, joints, and muscles. The complete Anatomy set consists of 18 prints and is now available with select titles available individually.

About Basquiat:

Jean-Michel Basquiat was a Neo-Expressionist painter in the 1980s. He is best known for his primitive style and his collaboration with pop artist Andy Warhol. Basquiat was born on December 22, 1960, in Brooklyn, New York. He first attracted attention for his graffiti under the name “SAMO” in New York City.

With a Haitian-American father and a Puerto Rican mother, Basquiat’s diverse cultural heritage was one of his many sources of inspiration.A self-taught artist, Basquiat began drawing at an early age on sheets of paper his father, an accountant, brought home from the office. As he delved deeper into his creative side, his mother strongly encouraged to pursue artistic talents.

Basquiat first began working with a close friend, he tagged subway trains and Manhattan buildings with cryptic aphorisms.In 1977, Basquiat quit high school a year before he was slated to graduate. To make ends meet, he sold sweatshirts and postcards featuring his artwork on the streets of his native New York.

Three years of struggle gave way to fame in 1980, when his work was featured in a group show. His work and style received critical acclaim for the fusion of words, symbols, stick figures, and animals. Soon, his paintings came to be adored by an art loving public that had no problem paying as much as $50,000 for a Basquiat original.

 

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