Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘Job Analisis’, Christie's

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)

Job Analisis

signed, titled and dated '"JOB ANALISIS" 1983 Jean-Michel' (on the reverse)

acrylic and oilstick on canvas

55 3/4 x 74 in. (141.5 x 187.5 cm.)

Painted in 1983.

Signature: signed, titled and dated '"JOB ANALISIS" 1983 Jean-Michel' (on the reverse)

Stockholm, Galleri V, Jean-Michel Basquiat, March 1984.

Künzelsau, Museum Würth, Jean-Michel Basquiat, September 2001-January 2002, pp. 105 and 145 (illustrated in color).

Galerie Enrico Navarra, et al., Jean-Michel Basquiat, Paris, 2000, pp. 110 and 111, no. 5 (illustrated in color).

Galleri V, Stockholm

Yves Arman, Paris

Private collection, New York

Anon. sale; Christie's, New York, 20 May 1999, lot 186

Private collection, New York

Private collection, Europe

Anon. sale; Christie's, New York, 11 May 2011, lot 29

Acquired at the above sale 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