Untitled (2001)
Cy Twombly
Untitled (2001)
Cy Twombly (American, Contemporary, 1928–2011): Untitled, 2001. Acrylic, wax crayon, pencil, and collage; 48-3/4 x 39 inches (124 x 99 cm). © Cy Twombly Foundation. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

'His worktables are covered with oil crayons; pencils; tubes of pigment; postcard reproductions of boats and marine scenes; a big Manet art book open to a page that shows a boat painting; stacks of other art books (Ensor, Whistler, Turner); and a book of modern Greek poems in translation, turned to George Seferis’s “Three Secret Poems." Several lines of one stanza have been altered by Twombly, with some words inked out. A section of the edited and spliced poem (with a few new words added by Twombly) is written on the canvas of Summer, in Twombly’s inimitable, childish scrawl:

the shard of white . . .

trembling with white light

with white flat sea

distant in memory

between the deluge of life

our dearest, our white youth

our white, our snow white youth

that is infinity . . .

Twombly’s paintings often seem to be as much written as painted. His spindly, meandering letters and words can evoke memory and emotion with the power of Chinese calligraphy, but their effect is never literary—the words work within the visual field of a master painter.' ( Dodie Kazanjian, "Cy Twombly: A Painted Word," © Condé Nast.)

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