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Cy Twombly

United States (Lexington 1928 -  2011 ) Wikipedia® : Cy Twombly
TWOMBLY Cy An Abstract Acrylic On Paper Painting

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Cy Twombly - Untitled

Cy Twombly - Untitled

Original 1971
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Lot number: 211
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UNTITLED [SIX WORKS] 1928 - 2011 each signed, dated 71 and numbered respectively color lithograph smallest: 21 5/8 by 29 1/2 in. 55 by 74.9 cm. largest: 22 3/8 by 30 1/8 in. 56.8 by 76.5 cm. Provenance Collection of Robert Rauschenberg, Captiva Island Craig F. Starr Gallery, New York Acquired from the above by the present owner in February 2011 Exhibited New York, Craig F. Starr Gallery,Cy Twombly Prints, January - February 2011 Literature Heiner Bastian, Ed.,Cy Twombly: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Printed Graphic Work, New York, 1985, cat. nos. 29-34, pp. 58-63, illustrated in color Catalogue Note "Around 1967-1968, Twombly isolated the abstraction of movement, whether at rest or in motion, and its coefficient, space-time; the passionate centrifugal motion of Galatea is transformed into the supreme poetry of movement which intrigued Leonardo throughout his life… It is as if Twombly entered Leonardo\’s mind to envision the affinities between natural and human processes—to see the drawn line, like a natural phenomenon, unfold in space and time." Suzanne Delehanty, "The Alchemy of Mind and Hand" in Nicola del Roscio, Ed.,Writings on Cy Twombly, Munich 2014, p. 68
Cy Twombly - Untitled

Cy Twombly - Untitled

Original 1970
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Lot number: 145
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Sale 2463 Lot 145 CY TWOMBLY Untitled. Color offset lithograph printed in black and gray, 1970. 313x425 mm; 12 3/8x16 3/4 inches, full margins. Initialed and numbered 210/250 in pen and black ink on the label verso. Published by Verein Progressiver Galerien, Cologne. A very good impression. Twombly (1928-2011) was born in Lexington, Virginia, to parents who hailed from New England. At the age of 12 he began taking art lessons with the Catalan Modernist painter Pierre Duara, who had relocated to Lexington for the duration of the war. From the late 1940s through the early 1950s, Twombly studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Art Students League, New York; and Black Mountain College in North Carolina, which at the time was the epicenter of the American avant-garde. During these years he came in contact with artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Robert Motherwell (who taught him at Black Mountain College). He fostered close relationships with some of his contemporaries (most notably Rauschenberg and Johns), but his acutely personal style meant that he was frequently on the fringe of the art world. Twombly traveled to Europe and North Africa with Rauschenberg (with whom he was intimately involved at the time) in 1952, before being drafted to the army the following year. He returned to New York after receiving a medical discharge and worked in a studio near Rauschenberg and Johns (the three artists would become known for breaking away from the ideals of Abstract Expressionism and adopting their own distinct styles). Between 1953 and 1957, Twombly was showing regularly at Stable Gallery in New York before switching to Leo Castelli Gallery. His work during this time was mainly black and white, notably influenced by Franz Kline. He sojourned again to Europe in 1957, and spent several months in Italy. Rome would remain his home base for the remainder of his life. Twombly's move to Italy wasn't simply a change of scenery, it was a distinct and deliberate turning away from New York, which had become an artistic epicenter due to the emergence of Abstract Expressionism. Twombly's work was all-encompassing, embracing history, literature, language and setting, often combing words and images to evoke not only personal memories but a collective history. In Italy, his work became less gestural and more minimalist, as he was profoundly influenced by the Mediterranean light and the Classical history surrounding him. This image, which harkens to Twombly's celebrated "blackboard" paintings from the late 1960s/early 1970s, so-called for their resemblance to a classroom chalkboard, was published in support of Art Cologne, or the Kölner Kunstmarkt, an international contemporary art fair established in 1967 and regarded as the world's oldest art fair of its kind. Bastian 28.
Cy Twombly - Untitled

Cy Twombly - Untitled

Original 2004
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Lot number: 29
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Untitled. signed, inscribed and dated \“Cy Twombly Gaeta 2004\” on the reverse. acrylic on wooden panel, in artist\’s frame. panel 99 1/4 x 72 3/4 in. (252.1 x 184.8 cm.) frame 108 1/4 x 82 1/8 in.(275 x 208.5 cm.). Executed in 2004. Provenance: Gagosian Gallery, London. Private Collection. Private Collection, New York. Exhibited: London, Gagosian Gallery, Cy Twombly, Ten Paintings and a Sculpture, May 27 - July 31, 2004, no. 4 (illustrated, pp. 25, 56; installation view illustrated, p. 29). Literature: Heiner Bastian, ed., Cy Twombly: Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Volume V, 1996-2007, Munich, 2009, no. 21, pp. 114-115 (illustrated). Catalogue Essay: "I've found when you get old you must return to certain things in the beginning, or things you have a sentiment for or something. Because your life closes up in so many ways or doesn't become as flexible or exciting or whatever you want to call it. You tend to be nostalgic... when I grew up, in summer with my parents we were always in Massachusetts, and I was always by the sea and had a particular passion for boats, and now I live by the sea if you've noticed, the sea is white three quarters of the time, just white, - early morning. Only in the fall does it get blue, because the haze is gone. The Mediterranean, at least ...is always just white, white, white. And then, even when the sun comes up, it becomes a lighter white. Only in the fall is the Mediterranean this beautiful blue colour, as in Greece. Not because I paint it white, I'd have painted it white even if it wasn't, but I am always happy that I might have. It's something that has other consciousness behind it.\” – Cy Twombly. Executed in the final decade of Cy Twombly\’s life, Untitled, 2004, is one of ten paintings that comprise the artist\’s acclaimed Untitled (Winter Pictures) series. Coming full circle to his seminal series Poems to the Sea, which Twombly had created when he first became enchanted with the coastal landscape between Rome and Naples in 1959, Untitled (Winter Pictures) presents an epic painterly paean to the Mediterranean sea of his adopted home in Italy. Whereas Twombly had earlier in his career given up the brush for the pencil to intentionally suppress virtuosity, Untitled demonstrates how his technique evolved to exploit the loose gestures, broad daubs and spillage effects of paint. A remarkable example of Twombly\’s inimitable painterly practice, Untitled is built up with coats of acrylic paint that the artist applied to the wooden panel with a combination of brush, cloth and hand. Having built up the ground with coats of quick-drying radiant white acrylic paint, Twombly activates the composition by repeatedly sweeping his drenched paintbrush down the length of the vast pictorial field. While all works from this series feature similar cascading vertical lines, Untitled is one of only two paintings distinguished by repeated circular blotches that run in splattering rivulets like dripping clouds beyond the edges of the pictorial support. While evocative of Twombly\’s earlier blotches, the artist has here layered the forms through a process of gradated saturation that of thick and thinned torrents of earthy, reddish brown and white. Into this dense visual syntax Twombly introduces subtle flashes of yellow, light teal and red color, resulting in a sumptuous palimpsest that delights the senses. Throughout Twombly\’s inimitable oeuvre, site has been intrinsically linked to content. As Twombly stated, \“Landscape is one of my favorite things in the world. Any kind of landscape stimulates me. I love the train ride from here [Rome] to Gaeta…I would\’ve liked to have been Poussin, if I\’d had a choice, in another time\” (Cy Twombly, quoted in Cy Twombly, The Natural World, exh. cat., Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 2009, p. 19). Whereas Twombly\’s earlier work was indebted to Greco-Roman historic conventions of landscape, Twombly in the last years of his life relied on plein-air observations or remembered sensations of nature – putting forward an atmospheric abstractions that offer an \“enveloping effect, and contemplation in the vein of Turner and Monet\” (Kirk Varnedoe, The Essential Cy Twombly, London, 2014, p. 75). Building on Twombly\’s epic series Quattro Stagioni (A Painting in Four Parts), 1993-1994, Museum of Modern Art, New York, the series Untitled (Winter Pictures) points to Twombly\’s serial preoccupation of this classical leitmotif, whereby the artist created the individual paintings simultaneously with the intention of later presenting them as a larger ensemble. \“The subject of the seasons\’ cycle is, of course, traditionally associated with quiescent or even melancholic retrospect,\” Kirk Varnedoe pointed out, \“but the grand scale and ambition of these canvases speak more forcefully of new confidence and freedom– savoring the pleasures and mournfulness of each part of the turning year\” (Kirk Varnedoe, The Essential Cy Twombly, London, 2014, p. 77). Whereas the preceding series A Gathering of Time, 2003, depicts the sensation of the turquoise waters Twombly encountered during his sojourn to the Caribbean, Untitled (Winter Pictures) presents the equanimity of the Tyrrhenian Sea as viewed from Twombly\’s home in Gaeta. Twombly had established his light-filled, white-stuccoed residence in Gaeta in the 1980s, a few miles from the town of Sperlonga, where he had 40 years prior created Poems to the Sea, 1959. Twombly completed Untitled (Winter Pictures) over the course of six to eight months in the winter of 2003-2004, working in a breezeway room next to tall windows overlooking the full panorama of the Gulf of Gaeta. Standing in front of the towering Untitled offers the viewer a similar experience to viewing the vastness of the sea from Twombly\’s studio as the wooden panels are, in fact, scaled to same proportion of the studio\’s vast windows. As James Rondeau has observed, \“Considered in this light, one can imagine the paint drippings as a depiction of rain washing over muddy panes of glass. Pondered as view of the sea, Twombly\’s squiggles of brown paint suggest imaginative abbreviations of marine rhythms – the rims of waves or the motion of tides\” (James Rondeau, Cy Twombly, The Natural World, exh. cat., Art Institute of Chicago, 2009, p. 26). As with Twombly\’s greatest works, Untitled beautifully engulfs the viewer with a certain, indefinable \“kind of feeling\” (Cy Twombly, quoted in Nicholas Serota, Cy Twombly: Cycles and Seasons, exh. cat., Tate, London, 2008, p. 51). Rather than presenting a literal depiction of the seascape, Twombly evokes the equanimity of the sea and remembrance of stillness as seen from afar during the cold winter months by exploiting the full atmospheric effects of color. The thin tendrils of teal color and white that emerge amid the somber earth tones suggest the hazy vastness Twombly encountered as mist or fog diffused his view of the sea. Applied in thin semi-transparent layers reminiscent of the brown or reddish \“imprimatura\” that Classicists such as Poussin used, the earthy, reddish browns at first glance may appear as a surprising color choice for rendering the seascape, yet are in fact reflective of a life-time of observing the changing hues of the sea. As Twombly indeed once reflected with regards to Poems on the Sea, 1959, \“The sea is white three quarters of the time…The Mediterranean at least – the Atlantic is brown – is always just white…\” (Cy Twombly, quoted in James Rondeau, Cy Twombly, The Natural World, exh. cat., Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 2009, p. 36). Both originating from and extending Twombly\’s direct observation of nature, Untitled becomes a more fundamental dismantling of the promises of transcendence inherent to the grand tradition of landscape painting. As such, it presents a powerful continuation of Twombly\’s career-long interrogation of the limits of language, and by extension, meaning. It is the same \“linguistic thing\” that permeated through Twombly\’s great drawings and paintings of the 1950s that appear in Untitled (Winter Pictures) in the meandering lines that the artist described as \“kind of garbled form of Japanese writing…pseudo-writing\” (Cy Twombly, quoted in Nicholas Serota, Cy Twombly: Cycles and Seasons, exh. cat., Tate, London, 2008, p. 53). As Kirk Varnedeo so poetically observed of the series , \“The sea, a vacant mirror: this pale blue, white winter sea transforms reflections and ciphers from natural phenomena into poetic signs…in these paintings reveals writing and inversion, the sign and its expiration, like visual conundrums\” (Kirk Varnedoe, Cy Twombly Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Volume V, Munich, 2009, pp. 44-45). Seen in this light, the diffused white ground in Untitled functions in a similar way as in Twombly\’s earliest works in its invocation of French Symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé\’s concept of the white page as the precondition for textual meaning. This disavowal of the notion that text emanates from authorial intention proved influential for structuralist and post-structuralist deconstructions of the signifier-signified binary. Specifically recalling Mallarmé\’s groundbreaking poem Un Coup de Dés Jamais N'Abolira Le Hasard, 1897, with its allusion to a seascape, Untitled inverts the claims to totality associated with the sublime landscapes in the canon of art history. As James Rondeau has identified, \“Neither landscape nor language is…a truly natural phenomenon; both depend upon culturally inflected concepts or constructs, artifices simultaneously reveal and obscured by acts of drawing and painting. This is the heart of Twombly\’s enterprise; he is able to operate within the genre in ways that concomitantly sanction and catechize its conventional effects\” (James Rondeau, Cy Twombly: The Natural World, exh. cat., Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 2009, p. 19). Testament to an artist both building on and relentlessly pushing his conceptual and pictorial vocabulary, Untitled powerfully figures as one of Twombly\’s great painterly triumphs in the very last years of his long life.
Cy Twombly - An Abstract Acrylic On Paper Painting

Cy Twombly - An Abstract Acrylic On Paper Painting

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Lot number: 68
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Description: An abstract acrylic on paper painting of the work of Cy Twombly (American, 1928-2011), a seminal American artist who came of age immediately following the Abstract Expressionist generation. His iconic large-scale paintings consisted of looping marks scribbled and smeared on raw canvas but for this particular example, it is remarkable in its relatively muted quality and small sized format. This piece measures at 11 inch x 8.5 inch with the artist's signature on verso.
Cy Twombly -  Natural History Part Ii: Some Trees Of Italy

Cy Twombly - Natural History Part Ii: Some Trees Of Italy

Original 1975-76
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CY TWOMBLY - Natural History Part II: Some Trees of Italy, 1975-76 Dimensions: all S. 29 7/8 x 22 1/8 in. (75.9 x 56.2 cm) Medium: The complete set of eight collotype and lithographs in colors, on Fabriano Bütten paper, the title print with a transparent paper overlay, the full sheets, with the original portfolio bound in green Zerkall-Bütten paper. Literature: Heiner Bastian 52-59
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