A stunning retrospective on Jean-Michel Basquiat

A stunning retrospective on Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat, the New York painter who had a huge impact on the art world in the 1980s, is currently being exhibited at the Louis Vuitton Foundation (practical information).

Despite his premature passing at the age of 28, Jean-Michel Basquiat left a considerable collection of work. He was capable of producing several paintings at the same time while absorbing his stimulant, jazz, with which he formed an intimate and prolific relationship.

Jean-Michel Basquiat is a son of Brooklyn. He quit school at the age of 18 and pursued his vocation as an artist in the streets, as a graffiti artist (SAMO then SoHo). He was self-taught and a lover of museums, as well as being passionate and fiery. His creations are marked by a spontaneous, raw approach with a sharp view of society. True energy and impressive vitality springs from his paintings with symbolic, graphic and pictorial shapes, numerous vanities, militant words, and a bright, expansive color palette.

His meeting with Andy Warhol was a decisive moment. One of the rooms is dedicated to the collective works created between 1984 and 1985.

After just 8 years, Basquiat’s work was presented in Paris. This is a powerful return with a number of exceptional pieces presented until January 14th, 2019.

You can also discover Egon Schiele, a Viennese painter who is recognized as one of the leading artists of modern art in the 20th century (period of art history between 1870 and 1950, which marked a break from classical art). Two galleries are devoted to his work. Egon Schiele created an upheaval in academic art with his very sensual nudes, an approach to the body all his own.

Untitled, 1981 – Jean-Michel Basquiat © Broad Collection, Los Angeles, USA