The Greco-Roman gods had an orgiastic reputation. The artist imagines that the pornographic graffiti is a timeless expression, and he endeavors to achieve it with modern techniques. His drawing with graphite pencil and wax crayon on a canvas painted in oil is stealthy, abundant and unevenly positioned, as if Twombly, inside his comfortable studio, wished to imitate the illegal gestures of the former passions.
Executed in 1960, Crimes of passion I, 190 x 200 cm, is estimated £ 4M for sale by Sotheby's in London on February 10, lot 30.
Roman world and Italy have not only been inhabited by the gods. In 1962, Twombly has an excitement for the most abject murders that have changed the course of history. The traces of the men of ancient times are not limited to writing and graffiti: the artist imagines the body imprints in the colors of flesh and blood left by the mutilating massacres of Pompey, Caesar and Giuliano de 'Medici.
On February 11 in London, Christie's sells The Death of Pompey, oil and graphite on canvas 145 x 176 cm, lot 35 estimated £ 4M.
RESULTS including premium :
Death of Pompey : SOLD for £ 4.3M by Christie's