Cy Twombly,Recquiscat in Pace

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Cy Twombly, as my readers may know, my interests generally do not include much of the 20th century (excluding the first decade perhaps); Twombly was the exception.

Cy Twombly, 1966, Voque

My appreciation of Twombly’s work began  with the 10-painting cycle Fifty Days at Illiam at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I  had been ignorant of Cy Twombly, but the work instantly struck a nerve. Cool, chaste, decidedly classical, the desperate doodlings seemed to suggest long forgotten frantic pleas from the ancient past. I was only to learn later that Twombly was referencing Alexander Pope and his translation of The Illiad.

 I was hooked.

Only a few days ago the New York Times had ran an article concerning an exhibition in which Twombly’s classical paintings would be paired with the equally restrained paintings of Nicholas Poussin.

Cy Twombly was a great admirer of Poussin, having stated that “I would have liked to have been Poussin, if I’d had a choice , in another time”.

As a fellow Poussiniste, I was delighted.

Cy Twombly

Apollo and the Artist

1975

oil paint, wax crayon, pencil and collage on paper

source

Nicolas Poussin

Et in Arcadia Ego 

1637

Louvre

It is  difficult not to fall for the lush beauty of the School of Athens.

Why resist?

source, NYT

It may be heretical, but I may  prefer Twombly’s to Rapheal, difficult to admit …

Rapheal

The School of Athens

1508-1511

Fresco

Stanza della Segnatura, Vatican Palace

well, perhaps not more.

Thank you Mr. Twombly for such lyrical work.

Cy Twombly

b. 25th April 1925

d. 5th July 2011

source

Until next time,

respectfully submitted,

Babylon Baroque

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2 Responses to “Cy Twombly,Recquiscat in Pace”

  1. Never before in the history of high art have we seen such wondrous and captivating.. ‘scribblings and scratchings’ – Saatchi gallery review”
    Cy’s earth-shatteringly profound perceptions and reflections will truly be sorely missed.
    May Godbless and Rest in Painting.

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