Cy Twombly, ‘8 Odi di Orazio’, 1968, Phillips

Signature: signed and titled 'Cy Twombly 8 Odi di Orazio'

The attached piece has been filed in the archive of the artist as a proof for the cover of the folder containing the 16 screenprints, 8 Odi di Orazio, 1968.

Sergio Tosi, Milan
Collection particulière, Milan
Collection Jean Albou, Paris
Artcurial, 7 December 2010, lot 237
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

About Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly emerged in the 1950s, developing a characteristic painting style of expressive drips and active, scribbled, and scratched lines. “My line is childlike but not childish,” he once said. “It is very difficult to fake…to get that quality you need to project yourself into the child's line. It has to be felt.” Early influences included Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, and Robert Motherwell, but more formative would be his relationships with Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, along with whom he would distance himself from the dominance of Abstract Expressionism. Twombly's work also appeared in one of the first exhibitions to explore ideas of Minimalism—“Black, White, and Grey” (1964)—along with Agnes Martin, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol. In addition to his paintings, which were sometimes dismissed as "high-art graffiti," he produced sculptures assembled from found objects, clay, and plaster, painted white to suggest an affinity to Classicism.

American, 1928-2011, Lexington, Virginia, based in New York and Rome