Lot 212
  • 212

Jean-Michel Basquiat

150,000 - 200,000 USD
432,500 USD
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  • Jean-Michel Basquiat
  • The Comic Book
  • watercolor, ink, graphite and whiteout on paper, in 8 parts


Vrej Baghoomian, Inc., New York
Private Collection, New York (acquired from the above)
Sotheby's, New York, 16 November 1995, Lot 205 (consigned by the above)
Private Collection, Beverly Hills (acquired from the above sale)
Nicholas Sands & Co. Fine Art, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1997


New York, Vrej Baghoomian Inc., Jean-Michel Basquiat, October - November 1989, cat. no. 39, illustrated in color


Exh. Cat., New York, Whitney Museum of American Art (and traveling), Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1992-1993, p. 234, illustrated
Richard Marshall, Ed., Jean-Michel Basquiat: Works on Paper, Paris 1999, pp. 50-51, illustrated in color

Catalogue Note

"To his predilection for anatomic charts and love of children's drawing style, Basquiat adds an occasional reliance on comic-book sources like Mad, Batman, Superman and Popeye. In no way does his painting try to disguise the many inspirations drawn unadulterated from television and the popular visual media. That is exactly what makes it evocative of its era, an age shaped mainly by mass media."

Leonhard Emmerling, Jean-Michel Basquiat: 1960-1998, Cologne 2003, p. 38