Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘Early Moses’, Christie's

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)

Early Moses

signed titled and dated 'Jean-Michel "Early Moses" 1983' (on the reverse)

acrylic and oil crayon on canvas

78 x 55 ½ in. (198 x 141 cm.)

Painted in 1983.

Signature: signed titled and dated 'Jean-Michel "Early Moses" 1983' (on the reverse)

Rome, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Arte di Frontiera: N.Y. Graffiti, September-October 1984, pp. 63 and 131, no. 2 (illustrated in color).

Hanover, Kestner-Gesellschaft, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Das zeichnerische werk, September-October 1989, p. 67.

Lyon, 2ème Biennale d’art Contemporain, Et tous ils changent le monde, September-October 1993, pp. 263 and 275 (illustrated in color).

Trieste, Civico Museo Revoltella, Basquiat, May-September 1999, p. 63 (illustrated in color).

Museo d'Arte Moderna Lugano, Jean-Michel Basquiat, March-June 2005, pp. 48, 51 and 160, no. 21 (illustrated in color).

_Jean-Michel Basquiat,_exh. cat., Hanover, Kestner-Gesellschaft, 1986, pp. 66-67, no. 20 (illustrated in color).

Galerie Enrico Navarra, ed., Jean-Michel Basquiat, Paris, 2000, pp. 180-181, no. 5 (illustrated in color).

Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich

Private collection, Los Angeles

Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Jean-Michel Basquiat

A poet, musician, and graffiti prodigy in late-1970s New York, Jean-Michel Basquiat had honed his signature painting style of obsessive scribbling, elusive symbols and diagrams, and mask-and-skull imagery by the time he was 20. “I don’t think about art while I work,” he once said. “I think about life.” Basquiat drew his subjects from his own Caribbean heritage—his father was Haitian and his mother of Puerto Rican descent—and a convergence of African-American, African, and Aztec cultural histories with Classical themes and contemporary heroes like athletes and musicians. Often associated with Neo-expressionism, Basquiat received massive acclaim in only a few short years, showing alongside artists like Julian Schnabel, David Salle, and Francesco Clemente. In 1983, he met Andy Warhol, who would come to be a mentor and idol. The two collaborated on a series of paintings before Warhol’s death in 1987, followed by Basquiat’s own untimely passing a year later.

American, 1960-1988, New York, New York, based in New York, New York