Lot Details

This iconic work by Basquiat comes from his most productive period, and features many symbols that are found throughout his oeuvre. Charles the First was born in 1600 to James VI of Scotland and Anne of Denmark. He worked hard to overcome physical disabilities though he suffered from a lifelong stammer. After rising to the throne in 1625, he was beheaded January 30, 1649 after being found guilty of high treason. Basquiat has scrawled on the bottom of the piece, “Most young kings get thier [sic] head cut off.” This is widely interpreted as an autobiographical reference by Basquiat, who was suffering from his own private demons.

Please note: there is a dent in the work, as pictured.

New-York based street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) gained immense popularity at a young age. While still in his early twenties, Basquiat began his career with political and poetical graffiti that lined the walls of New York City under the satirical signature SAMO (“same old shit”). Basquiat’s works, originally obscure graffiti and later Neo-expressionist works, are characterized by dichotomies. In his own life, Basquiat struggled with his mixed-race identity, as his mother was Puerto Rican and his father Haitian, and his works extended to include the relationships that exist between wealth and poverty, inner and outer experiences, and differing social classes. Jean-Michel Basquiat died an untimely death at the age of 28, but his impact has yet to be forgotten. His works are exhibited worldwide in major museum collections and notable galleries, including the Gagosian Gallery, London, England (2012); the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (2011); and the Gagosian Gallery, Rome, Italy (2011).

Selected Public Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
Musée d'Art Contemporain, Marseilles, France

Read more
The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Indentations / Ding
Area: Image
Location: Upper right
Degree: Moderate

Definition Key
Area
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.



Degree
Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

CLOSE
  • Pickup Location: Belgium
  • Shipping Dimensions: 54.5 x 39.8 in. (138.43 x 101.09 cm.)

artnet Assurance Policy: Every artnet Auctions seller has been approved by artnet after a thorough review. All of our sellers are required to accept the following artnet policy: A buyer may return an item purchased through artnet Online Auctions, if the item received is not as described in its listing, or is found to be not authentic.
Please see our full Return Policy for details.