Acrylic on canvas. Signed and attr. Cy Twombly. 23.2 x 21.7 in. (59 x 55 cm). Cy Twombly emerged in the 1950s, developing a characteristic painting style of expressive drips and active, scribbled, and scratched lines. â€œMy line is childlike but not childish,â€ he once said. â€œIt is very difficult to fakeâ€¦to get that quality you need to project yourself into the child's line. It has to be felt.â€ Early influences included Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, and Robert Motherwell, but more formative would be his relationships with Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, along with whom he would distance himself from the dominance of Abstract Expressionism. Twombly's work also appeared in one of the first exhibitions to explore ideas of Minimalism â€“ â€œBlack, White, and Greyâ€ (1964) - along with Agnes Martin, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol. In addition to his paintings, which were sometimes dismissed as â€œhigh-art graffiti,â€ he produced sculptures assembled from found objects, clay, and plaster, painted white to suggest an affinity to Classicism. PROVENANCE: Private estate (South Carolina, United States)
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