Cy Twombly. Untitled. 1970

Cy Twombly

Untitled

1970

Medium
Oil-based house paint and crayon on canvas
Dimensions
13' 3 3/8" x 21' 1/8" (405 x 640.3 cm)
Credit
Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest and The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection (both by exchange)
Object number
614.1994
Copyright
© 2017 Cy Twombly Foundation
Department
Painting and Sculpture
This work is not on view.
Cy Twombly has 47 works  online.
There are 2,378 paintings online.

Twombly is a key member of the generation of American artists immediately following the Abstract Expressionists. Between 1967 and 1971 he produced a number of works on gray grounds. The largest in the series, this monumental painting features terse, colorless scrawls, reminiscent of chalk on a blackboard, that form no actual words. Twombly made this work using an unusual technique: he sat on the shoulders of a friend, who shuttled back and forth along the length of the canvas, thus allowing the artist to create his fluid, continuous lines.

Gallery label from 2007

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