Cy Twombly (1928-2011)
Cy Twombly (1928-2011)
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Cy Twombly (1928-2011)


Cy Twombly (1928-2011)
signed and dated 'Cy Twombly 1964' (lower left)
colored pencil, graphite and ballpoint pen on paper
27 ¼ x 39 in. (69.2 x 99.1 cm.)
Executed in 1964.
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
Galerie Friedrich & Dahlem, Munich
Marx Collection, Berlin
Pace Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the late owners, 1987
N. Del Roscio, Cy Twombly Drawings: Catalogue Raisonné, Vol. 4, 1964-1969, New York, 2014, no. 59 (illustrated).
Munich, Galerie Friedrich & Dahlem, Cy Twombly. Notes from a Tower/The Artist in the Northern Climate, November-December 1964.
Berlin, Neue Nationalgalerie and Mönchengladbach, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Beuys – Rauschenberg – Twombly – Warhol, March-September 1982.
New York, Pace Gallery, Cy Twombly. Works on Paper, January 1988, no. 5 (illustrated).
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Lot Essay

In the early 1960s, Cy Twombly’s creativity erupted in a torrent of vigorously rendered works that brim with powerful, enigmatic motifs inspired by the rich artistic heritage of his newly adopted city of Rome. Created in 1964, Untitled illustrates the major pictorial themes of this era. Hovering, densely rendered cloud-like forms of graphite billow alongside towering graphite scribbles. Familiar tropes are brimming within the surface of the creamy white sheet—numbers, letters, a leaf—scribbled and hatched in the penciled doodles that have come to define his deeply personal vernacular. Reaching into the cultural heritage of Rome, Twombly creates a modern homage to his new surroundings and deep-rooted history in this powerful and intimate work.

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