Cy Twombly: A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words

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Cy Twombly

“A picture speaks a thousand words” This quote was taken from a biography about Cy Twombly to express what type of art he had made. Twombly’s work mix both words and images to make a unique piece that was known as his style. From the many experiences he had, he incorporated the influences into his work as well.

Cy Twombly was born on April 25 in Lexington, Virginia, which was during the postmodern movement. He soon met Pierre Daura, a Spanish painter whom he studied under until 1948 where he entered multiple schools such as Washington and Lee University, School of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Art Students League. He had his first solo exhibition at the Kootz Gallery and later attended Black Mountain College. During his years of studying, he met Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell and Robert Rauschenberg. He became a pupil of Kline and Motherwell while life long friends with Rauschenberg whom he traveled around the Mediterranean with. This influenced his art into adding the vast cultures he encountered during that time. Between 1953 and 1954, Twombly joined the U.S. Army as a cryptologist that also gave him the idea to put hidden words and meanings in his pieces. Soon after he taught at Southern Seminary Junior College until finally settling down in Rome where he kept to a life of seclusion. Twombly continued to try many styles, be a part of many exhibitions, and also won the ‘Gerhard Altenbourg Prize’ in 2008. His life finally ended on July 5, 2011. Throughout Twombly’s life, he dabbled into Abstract Expressionism, Neo-Dada, Minimalism and others but was never fully a part of any movement. For these reasons, Twombly stayed as a divisive artist since almost the beginning of his art career.

Throughout Twombly’s life, his style had changed numerous of times. These include his colourful and complex works from his early years in Rome such as “Ferragosto”, the simplified, geometric shaped “blackboard” paintings from his later years in Rome, the...
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