Bolsena is in the former Latium but Twombly already moved away from the real or fancy graffiti in the Coliseum. The color stains expressing the bloody dramas of heroic antiquity are no more exciting him. Color is limited to pencil lines competing with gray on large painted canvases.
Aged 41, the artist is certainly less sensitive to pornography and more to communication. His new style is comparable to a graffiti whose insignificant details form an opulent waterfall through the spontaneity of the artist's gesture .
One of his Untitled (Bolsena) 200 x 240 cm was sold for $ 15.4M including premium by Sotheby's on May 13, 2013. Another canvas of same size is estimated $ 35M for sale by Christie's in New York on May 13, lot 43B.
During the same stay in Bolsena, Twombly used the same format for exploring his variant of the white graffiti on black, started two years earlier. One such Untitled was sold for $ 6.2 million including premium by Phillips on 10 May 2012.
This research anticipates the outstanding series of blackboards made on the following year in New York and Rome, particularly disturbing by their false approach to writing and graphology. One of them, 156 x 190 cm, was sold for $ 70M including premium by Christie's on November 12, 2014.