Cy Twombly. The Italians. Rome, January 1961

Cy Twombly

The Italians

Rome, January 1961

Medium
Oil, pencil, and crayon on canvas
Dimensions
6' 6 5/8" x 8' 6 1/4" (199.5 x 259.6 cm)
Credit
Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund
Object number
504.1969
Copyright
© 2017 Cy Twombly Foundation
Department
Painting and Sculpture
This work is not on view.
Cy Twombly has 45 works online.
There are 2,326 paintings online.

Wild, scribbled, graffiti–like marks energize the expansive white surface of The Italians, revealing the artist's sensuous joy in manipulating his medium. The explosion of signs, ironically, is not without order or clarity: the rubbing of charcoal on the far left side of the canvas reveals the stretcher bar beneath it, a red heart can be seen at the bottom, and "roma" is written just beneath the artist's signature at the top right.

Gallery label from 2006

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