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  • “I’m interested in the in-between, the liminal spaces that exist between words, images, and objects.”
    —Cy Twombly 

    • Provenance

      Acquired directly from the publisher, this edition was partly distributed by Edition Schellmann

    • Literature

      Heiner Bastian 42

    • 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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Works from the Archive of Edition Schellmann to benefit the Ars Publicata Project


No. I, from Natural History Part I Mushrooms (B. 42)

Lithograph and collotype in colours, with collage and hand-colouring in crayon, on Rives Couronne paper, the full sheet.
S. 76 x 56 cm (29 7/8 x 22 in.)
Signed with initials and numbered 75/98 in pencil (there were also 17 artist's proofs), published by Propyläen Verlag, Berlin, unframed.

Full Cataloguing

£7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for £8,890

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 17 - 18 January 2024