Lot 151
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Cy Twombly

350,000 - 450,000 USD
912,500 USD
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  • Cy Twombly
  • Klu
  • titled on the stretcher
  • oil-based house paint and earth on canvas
  • 40 by 52 in. 101.6 by 132.1 cm.
  • Executed in 1951.


Robert Motherwell, Greenwich (gift of the artist in December 1951)
Thence by descent to Renate Ponsold Motherwell


New York, Kootz Gallery, New Talent: Gandy and Twombly, December 1951, illustrated on the invitation card


Exh. Cat., New York, Sperone Westwater, Cy Twombly: Paintings and Sculptures 1951 & 1953, 1989, cat. no. 1, illustrated
Heiner Bastian, Ed., Cy Twombly: Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Volume 1: 1948-1960, Munich 1992, cat. no. 24, p. 60, illustrated 

Catalogue Note

"I believe that Cy Twombly is the most accomplished young painter whose work I happen to have encountered: he is a 'natural' in regard to what is going on in painting now...what leads one quite spontaneously to call him a 'natural,' is his native temperamental affinity with the abandon, the brutality, the irrational in avant-garde painting of the moment. His painting process, of which the pictures are the tracks that are left, as when one walks on a beach, is orgastic: the sexual character of the fetishes half-buried in his violent surface is sufficiently evident (and so is not allowed to emerge anymore). Yet the art in his painting is rational, often surprisingly simply symmetrical, and invariably harmonious."

Robert Motherwell, introduction to Cy Twombly's first solo exhibition at The Seven Stairs Gallery in Chicago, October 1951