In the summer of 1977, Cy Twombly began working on a "painting in ten parts" based on Alexander Pope's translation of Homer's Iliad. Completed in 1978 and collectively titled Fifty Days at Iliam, the works evoke incidents from Homer's epic poem in Twombly's characteristic synthesis of words …

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Cy Twombly’s idiosyncratic style incorporated expressive drips, frenetic scribbles, and gestural, calligraphic linework into lyrical abstractions. The artist drew on a wide array of influences, ranging from the bold brushwork of Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline to Dada cut-ups and scientific illustration. His mark-making hovered between associative notation and romantic symbolism. Twombly’s works have been shown in cities across the world, and they belong to the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Centre Pompidou, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Guggenheim, among many others. His work has fetched prices in the tens of millions on the secondary market. In addition to his paintings, Twombly produced multimedia sculptures and collages and maintained a consistent photography practice.

High auction record
US$70.5m, Sotheby's, 2015
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2021
Sommergäste: Cy TwomblyBASTIAN
2016
Cy Twombly: In the StudioMuseum Brandhorst
2015
Cy Twombly: Painting and SculptureKunstmuseum Basel
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Fifty Days at Iliam, 1978

Location
Philadelphia
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In the summer of 1977, Cy Twombly began working on a "painting in ten parts" based on …

Medium

Cy Twombly’s idiosyncratic style incorporated expressive drips, frenetic scribbles, and gestural, calligraphic linework into lyrical abstractions. The artist drew on a wide array of influences, ranging from the bold brushwork of Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline to Dada cut-ups and scientific illustration. His mark-making hovered between associative notation and romantic symbolism. Twombly’s works have been shown in cities across the world, and they belong to the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Centre Pompidou, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Guggenheim, among many others. His work has fetched prices in the tens of millions on the secondary market. In addition to his paintings, Twombly produced multimedia sculptures and collages and maintained a consistent photography practice.

High auction record
US$70.5m, Sotheby's, 2015
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)

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