This painting in acrylic, oilstick and wax on wood panel is monumental: 266 x 200 cm. The artist uses a brush attached to a long pole, as Matisse had done for murals. This leverage increases the physical strength, offering an unexpected parallel between Twombly and Shiraga's Gutai.
The legend of Bacchus interested Twombly by his earthiness that reaches pornography and transcends time. The paint is blood-red, to be considered here as a sign of vitality. The thick and energetic loops form a puddle from which the gravitation generates drippings.
This work is totally abstract but its unambiguous theme is reinforced by the words Baccho Mainomenos inscribed with the same red color at the top of the image, evoking the most licentious pursuits of this very special god who invited his followers to indecency.
The press release of March 18 indicates that this lot is expected in excess of $ 20M.
SOLD for $ 15.4M including premium