Thursday, November 5, 2015

Jean-Michel Basquiat | In Italian

This piece entitled "In Italian" was done in 1983 with acrylic and oil paint on canvas. I like the amount of color Basquiat uses in his works, especially this one. This piece also seems to have a lot of religious references. One of the main subjects of "In Italian" is a blue-headed figure that seems to be representative of Christ. He has the words "crown of thorns" written above him and the words "sangre" and "corpus" below him, which translate to "blood" and "body". I also find it interesting that Basquiat put two coins in this painting with the word "liberty" and the year 1951 on them. This could possibly  be a reference to the civil rights movement that started at this time in history.

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