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Two new major exhibitions in the French capital counterpoint the work of a pair of art world rebels Jean-Michel Basquiat and Egon Schiele.Born to a Haitian and Puerto Rican family, Basquiat is now the most expensive American painter ever, with one of his skull paintings selling for $110.5 million in New York last year.Like Schiele, Basquiat quit school early and curator Dieter Buchhart said they also both shared a sharp "existential" line.Although Basquiat has come to be seen as a penniless street artist raging against racism, the artist who gets regularly name-checked by rappers such as Jay-Z actually came from a well-off family and went to an expensive private school."Basquiat never lost contact with the street and mixed the two up".Also known for his raw, unsparing self-portraits, Schiele lived a year longer than Basquiat, dying at 28 during the Spanish flu pandemic that was sweeping a war-weakened Europe.
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