“Most painting defines the image. It is at this point that I break with the more general process of painting. Each line is now the actual experience with its own innate history. It does not illustrate, it is the sensation of its own realization. The imagery is one of private indulgences, rather than an abstract totality of visual perception”
(C. Twombly, quoted in L. Norden, ‘What Painting Can Contain,’ in Cy Twombly: A Gathering of Time, Six Paintings and a Sculpture, exh. cat., Gagosian Gallery, New York, 2003, p. 16).