Monday, July 11, 2011

Cy Twombly, 1928-2011

Last week the art world noted the passing of Cy Twombly. His art took primitive scribbles and marks, and elevated them to something abstract and monumental. Despite the abstraction of many of his works, I've always felt they were somewhat accessible from their origin in plain writing. This writing was often nothing lofty or literary, but sometimes rather more of a schoolboy's crude jottings or graffiti. Here's an example on canvas from a sale held in New York last year:

Cy Twombly (b. 1928)
Leda and the Swan
oil, graphite and wax crayon on canvas
39½ x 31½ in. (100.3 x 80 cm.)
Painted in 1963. 

Price Realized

  • $2,322,500
  • Price includes buyer's premium

    $1,500,000 - $2,500,000

Sale Information

Sale 2355 Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale Lot 22, 10 November 2010 
Christie's New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Cy Twombly, Leda and the Swan


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