Anatomy, Thyroid

Anatomy, Thyroid
Signed Print

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Screenprint, 1982
Signed Print Edition of 18
H 77cm x W 58cm

Critical Review

Whilst the attention to detail in the labelling of the anatomy is highly evocative of the medical diagrams of Gray’s Anatomy, the expressive drawing style and orthographic experimentation is trademark Basquiat. This playful approach to spelling is often attributed to the influence of Cy Twombly, who experimented with handwriting extensively in his paintings.

It would be appropriate to conclude that the artist's life experiences had a significant impact on the myriad anatomical depictions of various kinds found in his work, ranging from the close-up depictions of skulls such as in Head (1983), to the series of diagrammatic depictions of the human body of which this print forms part.

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