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Permanent exhibition

Cy Twombly at Museum Brandhorst

Jean-Michel Basquiat


  • Translated titleUntitled
  • Year1983
  • Material3 parts; acrylic and oilstick on canvas
  • Dimensions243.8 x 62 cm
  • Year of acquisition2001
  • Inventory numberUAB 20
  • On viewAktuell nicht ausgestellt

More about the artwork

At first glance, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s paintings are reminiscent of graffiti. His pictorial language is restless and sketch-like. This triptych presents us with text fragments, layers of paint, crosshatchings, loosely-drawn forms, bodies, and especially skulls, whose depiction bears witness to Basquiat’s obsessive study of anatomy textbooks. The female body on the left panel was inspired by Pablo Picasso’s “Les Desmoiselles d’Avignon” (1907) — an icon of modern art which, in turn, drew upon African art forms. Figures such as Nero, Icarus, Miles Davis, and Marco Polo, whose names populate Basquiat’s paintings, also offer a glimpse into his artistic horizon, which ranges from European art and cultural history to African-American counterculture. Basquiat makes use of these disparate elements in his work, evoking jazz’s strategies of improvisation. He absorbs White cultural history, and thus confidently asserts his own place within it as an artist of color.

Further collection artworks

Cy Twombly , Untitled (Roses), 2008, UAB 648
Cy Twombly Untitled (Roses), 2008
Werkabbildung Cy Twombly, Bacchanalia - Fall (5 Days in November), 1977 im Museum Brandhorst in München Teil der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Bacchanalia – Fall (5 Days in November), 1977
David Smith Untitled, 1953
Cy Twombly, Untitles (Geata), 1992, UAB 467aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Gaeta), 1992
Cy Twombly, Untitled, 1970, UAB 450aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled, 1970