Untitled (1961) by Cy Twombly

Untitled - Twombly, Cy - 1961 - 2

Artwork Information

TitleUntitled
ArtistCy Twombly
Date1961
MediumCrayon,oil,pencil,Canvas
Dimensions256 x 307 cm
Art MovementAbstract Expressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Untitled

Untitled is a painting by the American artist Cy Twombly, which was created in 1961. It is representative of Twombly’s inclination towards creating graffiti-like marks with a sensuous approach, specifically seen in the manipulation of the medium of the painting. His work is considered a reflection and reworking of ancient Greco-Roman influences that surrounded him.

The painting also sparked inspiration for younger artists such as Anselm Kiefer and Jean-Michel Basquiat, leading to its significant influence in the development of art movements. Authors like Georges Bataille, Rosalind Krauss, and Stephane Mallarme have reviewed Twombly’s paintings critically. In the mid-1960s, Twombly started painting minimalist series featuring repeating white circular lines.

With his fascination for the ancient Mediterranean world, Cy Twombly explored this theme in depth through his artworks. In 2005, the Cy Twombly Foundation was set up to promote the study and preservation of his legacy. Known for his looping marks and spontaneous scrawls, his artwork embodies “high-art graffiti,” which has become his signature style. This painting is a testament to Twombly’s unique technique and his ability to translate historical references into timeless art.

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