Rome Pays Off, 1982/2004
44 x 39⅞ inches (111.7 x 101.2 cm.)
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Jean-Michel Basquiat was a groundbreaking artist who emerged from the vibrant New York City art scene in the 1980s. One of his most iconic works is the painting "Rome Pays Off," created in 1982. The painting features Basquiat's characteristic use of bold, expressive lines and vivid colors, and incorporates text and symbols that explore themes of power, wealth, and corruption. The title "Rome Pays Off" is a reference to the phrase "Rome wasn't built in a day," and speaks to the idea that success and wealth come at a cost. The painting has been interpreted as a critique of capitalism and consumer culture, and its raw, emotive style continues to inspire and captivate audiences to this day. Basquiat's innovative approach to art, which blended elements of street art, graffiti, and fine art, helped to redefine the boundaries of contemporary art and cemented his place as one of the most important and influential artists of his generation.