Free Wheeler is a large-scale artwork created by Cy Twombly in 1955 using house paint, crayon, pencil, and pastel on canvas. The dimensions of the canvas are 5 ft. 8 1/2 in. x 6 ft. 2 1/2 in. Twombly belongs to the generation of artists, including Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, who were known for their graffiti-like style of painting. The painting has influenced younger artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Francesco Clemente, Julian Schnabel, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Twombly’s work reflects, responds to, and re-works the classical Greco-Roman past. He was interested in painting from an early age and developed his artistic style in New York. The Cy Twombly Foundation is responsible for fostering the study and preservation of Twombly’s work and legacy.
Free Wheeler is known for its freely-scribbled, calligraphic lines, and the graffiti-like style. The artwork showcases Twombly’s skill in working with various media, including house paint and pastels. Additionally, the artwork reflects Twombly’s interest in incorporating elements of classical imagery into his contemporary works.