Monday, 11 November 2019

Cy Twombly



I haven't written about favourite painters for a while.

Cy Twombly was born in 1928 in Virginia USA, he died aged 83 in Rome.

His painting is very much in the tradition of Japanese Calligraphy; which is probably one of the main reasons that I like it so much. 


He lived and worked in the era of Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns; at one time even sharing a studio with the former.

His work has been a great influence on many younger painters, including myself. The lower illustration is a good example of how the scale and forcefulness of his work dominates any given space.


Even if his work doesn't have immediate appeal for you, if you see that his work is on show somewhere nearby, I recommend you go. Like the large scale work of Larry Poons in the 60's, you leave feeling that your life has changed for the better.


18 comments:

  1. I don't mind the works in the last picture.

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  2. I prefer the middle set of pictures.... Blues [and greens] are my clothes colours, occasionally brown...
    but every bit of wall space we have are covered in wildlife paintings!! and there are more to hang... all purchased from living artists [they need the money]

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    1. Good for you. As I have often said on this page, I've had more work stolen than I've sold. It's good to support your local painters.

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  3. I’d like to see the bottom picture the other way up.

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    1. The dribbles would be defying gravity!

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    2. It reminds me of rain running down a window pane and then defying gravity. And why not. Gravity is there to be defied.

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  4. I guess I'm a pleb because all I can see is a bunch of squiggles - like something you would let your kids do before you repaint your bedroom walls. As you can tell, art has never been my forté!

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    1. Not everyone is supposed to appreciate modern painting. Each to their own!

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    2. Absolutely, I didn't mean any insult!

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  5. I like his name anyway. It reminds me of Jah Wobble.

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    1. Oh, and I think I know why you pulled the last post. Not good for your B.P.?

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    2. I posted it by mistake; it might appear tomorrow, it might not of course.

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  6. Similarly modern music, about which I know a little more - folk are horrified by it and then gradually it infiltrates into the psyche until it is accepted and then enjoyed.-

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    1. I was introduced to Schoenberg and Stravinsky when at school; I loved them both, and was lucky enough to meet, and spend some time with, the latter.

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  7. The appreciation of art and the enjoyment of art are, for me, entirely different. I can appreciate some modern art and enjoy some too. The works you have shown unfortunately are beyond me in both respects.

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    1. Both the top and the bottom ones, I would happily have in my own home. Unfortunately I don't have either big enough walls or wallet.

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