Cy Twombly, ‘Untitled (Modella)’, Christie's

Cy Twombly (1928-2011)

Untitled (Modella)

signed 'cy twombly' (lower right)

graphite and colored pencil on paper

33 3/4 x 26 1/2 in. (85.7 x 67.3 cm.)

Executed in 1966.

Signature: signed 'cy twombly' (lower right)

Dallas, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, The University Gallery, Cy Twombly: Paintings and Drawings, January-February 1980, no. 15 (illustrated).

London and New York, Eykyn Maclean, Cy Twombly; Works from the Sonnabend Collection, February- May 2012, p. 35, no. 7 (illustrated).

N. Del Roscio, Cy Twombly Drawings: Cat. Rais. Vol. 4 1964-1969, New York, 2014, p. 126 and no. 152 (illustrated in color).

The Estate of Ileana Sonnabend, acquired directly from the artist

By descent from the above to 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