top of page

Cy Twombly (born: Edwin Parker Twombly Jr.; * 25 April 1928 in Lexington, Virginia; † 5 July 2011 in Rome, Italy) was an American painter, sculptor and calligrapher whose nickname Cy came from his father. Twombly began his art studies in Boston and had an early fascination with Expressionism, Dadaism and Surrealism. Twombly then continued his studies in New York, where he encountered the art of abstract expressionists Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman.
Twombly travelled through Europe and North Africa with Robert Rauschenberg, which was central to Twombly's artistic development. Twombly's art blurs the boundaries between painting, drawing, sculpture and the written word. His works are a mixture of historical and personal references, private memories and mythological stories. Twombly's art combines abstract expressionism with conceptually oriented art.
Twombly is a key member of the generation of American artists immediately following the Abstract Expressionists. Between 1967 and 1971 he produced a series of works on grey ground. This monumental painting is from that series and features terse, colourless scribbles that resemble chalk on a blackboard and form no actual words. Twombly made this work using an unusual technique: he sat on the shoulders of a friend who swayed back and forth along the canvas to allow the artist to create his flowing, continuous lines.
Because of their consistently large horizontal format, the slate-grey ground primed with oil paint and the rows of spiralling white chalk lines running in the direction of writing, reminiscent of classroom blackboards, they have been called blackboard paintings. The paintings in this series are usually named Untitled + the year they were made. They are highly traded on the art market, fetching prices in the seven-figure range (US dollars) at auction.
Twombly painted the picture directly after returning to New York from an extended stay in Rome. He varied the theme in other paintings in the same year.

READ MORE ABOUT... 

260 | Untitled (Blooming: A Scattering of Blossoms and Other Things), 2007

Cy Twombly

*1928-2011, USA

260 | Untitled (Blooming: A Scattering of Blossoms and Other Things), 2007

Acrylic, wax crayon and pencil on wood, 252,0 x 552,0 cm
Museum Brandhorst, Munich, Germany
© Cy Twombly / Cy Twombly Foundation
© akg images

THE

AUTHOR

GO

THE

ARTISTS

GO
11th >15th
17th
16th
18th
19th
20th > Now

More filters

>

What artwork are you searching for?  

Hubert van Eyck

Jan van Eyck

Robert Campin

Rogier van der Weyden

Hugo van der Goes

Piero della Francesca

Domenico Ghirlandaio

Domenico Ghirlandaio

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

Be one of the owners of this limited edition and buy one of the 3333 hand signed books!

< $ 25M
$ 25 > 50M
$ 50 > 80M
$ 80 > 100M
$ 100 > 165M
> $ 165 000M

Clear filters

<
bottom of page