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Anatomy, Vertical Median

Anatomy, Vertical Median
Signed Print

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Screenprint, 1982
Signed Print Edition of 18

Critical Review

The body parts are rendered in simplistic shapes; the patella in 3 circles suggesting three separate views, whilst the femur takes form as a cartoon-like bone. The specificity suggested by the femur’s label of ‘back view’ is undermined by the simplicity of the bone’s rendering. Basquiat presents a playful approach to the diagrams of Gray’s Anatomy, perhaps the primary inspiration behind the Anatomy series.

This Anatomy print reveals the artist's interest in toying with representations of the human form through simplifying the body into basic shapes, departing from the more elaborate anatomical detail such as that seen in 3 Views Of The Shoulder Joint Opened.

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