Jean-Michel Basquiat: ‘Painter to the core’

From graffiti renegade to Warhol protégé and New York Times cover star, the life and career of a 20th-century icon illustrated with upcoming works for sale at Christie’s — including In This Case, the last of his skull trilogy

Although his life was tragically cut short, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s raw, radical paintings made a lasting impact in the art world and beyond. Here, we retrace the life and work of the man who, in just eight years, became a 20th-century icon.

A precocious child

Basquiat was born in Brooklyn, New York, on 22 December 1960, to a Puerto Rican mother and a Haitian father. He was the second of four children; he had two younger sisters, and an older brother who died not long before his birth.

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