Cy Twombly, ‘Untitled’, Christie's

Cy Twombly (1928-2011)


signed 'Cy Twombly' (upper right); inscribed and dated 'Bolsena July 10' (upper center)

oil-based house paint, wax crayon and lead pencil on canvas

79 x 94 1/4 in. (200.7 x 239.4 cm.)

Executed in 1969.

Signature: signed 'Cy Twombly' (upper right); inscribed and dated 'Bolsena July 10' (upper center)

Stockholm, Svensk-Franska Konstgalleriet, Cy Twombly: Paintings, 1970.

Geneva, Galerie Bonnier, Cy Twombly, Peintures, Dessins, Lithographies, 1970, n.p., no. 7 (illustrated).

Bern, Kunsthalle and Munich, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Cy Twombly: Bilder 1953-1972, April-July 1973, no. 25 (illustrated).

Zürich, Thomas Ammann Fine Art, Impressionist & 20th Century Masters, Selected Works from the Collection of Asher B. Edelman, June-September 1987, no. 11 (illustrated).

New York, Gagosian Gallery, Cy Twombly, Bolsena, December 1989-January 1990, n.p., no. 8 (illustrated in color).

Galleria Paolo Sprovieri and Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, eds.,_Recent Acquisitions,_Rome and Cologne, 1986, pp. 96-97 (illustrated).

H. Bastian, ed., Cy Twombly: Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Volume III 1966-1971, Munich, 1994, pp. 202-203, cat. no. 91 (illustrated in color).

Jan Runnqvist, Geneva

Peder Bonnier Gallery, New York

Galerie Möllenhoff + Greve, Cologne

Wolf Weitzdörfer, Cologne

Galleria Paolo Sprovieri, Rome/Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne

Karsten Greve, Cologne

Gagosian Gallery, New York

Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1989

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