Summer Madness (1990) by Cy Twombly

Summer Madness - Twombly, Cy - 1990 - 2

Artwork Information

TitleSummer Madness
ArtistCy Twombly
MediumOil, gouache, pencil and Crayon on paper
Dimensions150 x 126 cm
Art MovementAbstract Expressionism
Current LocationPrivate collection
Location Created Bassano In Teverina, Italy
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About Summer Madness

Summer Madness is a notable artwork by American artist Cy Twombly, belonging to the Abstract Expressionism genre. Created in 1990, the artwork is made of oil paint, gouache, lead, and Bunstift on paper, measuring 150 x 126 cm. It is currently housed at the Museum Brandhorst in Munich.

Twombly, recognized for his works such as “Leda and the Swan” and “Fifty Days at Iliam,” concentrated on combining American abstract expressionism with Mediterranean culture. In “Summer Madness,” Twombly used concentrated primary colors that spread in all directions, portraying an explosion-like image.

The artwork provides a sense of intensity, chaos, and vibrant energy. Created with mediums that show quick and direct initial marks, the artwork captures the transitions between dark, strong lines and light pencil strokes. The curvature of the lines creates an overall feel of motion, as if the colors are fighting against each other. Overall, “Summer Madness” is a dynamic artwork that demonstrates Twombly’s talent and style in creating abstract yet provocative pieces.

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