Cy Twombly - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, February 16, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, London

  • Literature

    H. Bastian, Cy Twombly - Das graphische werk 1953 -1984, A catalogue raisonné of printed graphic works, Munchen/New York 1984, no. 26

  • Artist Biography

    Cy Twombly

    American • 1928 - 2011

    Cy Twombly emerged in the mid-1950s alongside New York artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. While at first developing a graffiti-like style influenced by Abstract Expressionist automatism–having notably studied under Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell at the legendary Black Mountain College between 1951 and 1952–Twombly was a prominent figure in the new generation of artists that challenged the abstract orthodoxy of the New York School. Twombly developed a highly unique pictorial language that found its purest expression upon his life-defining move to Rome in 1957. Simultaneously invoking classical history, poetry, mythology and his own contemporary lived experience, Twombly's visual idiom is distinguished by a remarkable vocabulary of signs and marks and the fusion of word and text. 

    Cy Twombly produced graffiti-like paintings that were inspired by the work of Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Robert Motherwell. His gestural forms of lines, drips and splattering were at first not well-received, but the artist later became known as the leader of the estrangement from the Abstract Expressionism movement. Full of energy and rawness, Twombly's pieces are reminiscent of childhood sketches and reveal his inspiration from mythology and poetry.

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Roman Notes VI from Roman Notes

Colour offset lithograph on vellum.
86 × 69 cm (33 7/8 × 27 1/8 in).
Signed, dated ‘Cy Twombly 70’ and numbered of 100 on the reverse. This work is from an edition of 100 plus 10 artist’s proofs and published by Neuendorf Verlag, Hamburg.

£15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for £30,000

Contemporary Art Day Sale

17 February 2012