In 1957 Twombly spends the summer on the island of Procida in the Bay of Naples. Dazzled by the atmosphere that transcends time, he decides to live in Italy and meets his future wife in Rome.
His art finds at that time the level of complexity which had missed until then. For the first time he positions a proto-writing on a large surface and uses colored pencils. In the midst of the tormented lines created by his impulses a few structured words become readable.
This meaningless writing does not escape the graphology. The primordial art of Twombly will later be analyzed by Roland Barthes. A rising and colorful proto-writing is a mark of optimism or enthusiasm.
On November 15 in New York, Christie's sells as lot 17B an artwork titled Sunset, 142 x 180 cm, made in Rome at the end of 1957. Twombly reinvents here according to his own emotion the creation of the written language : his gesture generated the graphic layout and finally the letter.
The sequel will come soon when he will observe the indecipherable graffiti by which ancient human beings desired to record their ephemeral passions on Roman monuments. The expression of extreme feelings through abstract art becomes the thread of Cy Twombly's lifelong career. The terrible Roman mythology feeds his inspiration.
SOLD for $ 27.3M including premium