Cy Twombly, ‘Untitled’, Christie's

Cy Twombly (1928-2011)

Untitled

signed and dated 'Cy Twombly 1969' (on the reverse)

oil, graphite and wax crayon on paper

33 1/2 x 30 in. (85.1 x 76.2 cm.)

Executed in 1969.

Signature: signed and dated 'Cy Twombly 1969' (on the reverse)

K. Hegewisch, "Cy Twombly: Der Maler des Unsichtbaren," Vogue, No. 5, May 1983, p. 153 (illustrated).

N. Del Roscio, Cy Twombly Drawings, Catalogue Raisonné Volume 4, 1964-1969, New York, 2014, p. 204, cat. no. 239 (illustrated in color).

Leo Castelli Gallery, New York

Hannes von Gösseln, Hamburg

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne

Estate of Dr. Christian Geelhaar, Basel

His sale; Christie's New York, 3 May 1994, lot 22

Private collection, Baltimore

Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1998

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