Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘Swiss House on Fire’, 1983, Christie's

Signature: signed and dated 'Jean-Michel Basquiat 1983' (on the reverse)

Barcelona, Dau al Set, Galeria d'Art, Jean-Michel Basquiat, October-November 1989, n.p., no. 1 (illustrated in color).

Pully-Lausanne, FAE Muse´e d'Art Contemporain, Jean-Michel Basquiat, July-November 1993, pp. 57 and 127 (illustrated in color).

R. D. Marshall and J. L. Prat, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Paris, 1996, vol. II, pp. 84-85, no. 4 (illustrated in color).

Galerie Enrico Navarra, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Paris, 2000, vol. II, pp. 174-175, no. 4 (illustrated in color).

Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich

Private collection, St. Moritz

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