Cy Twombly Prints

Cy Twombly Prints

Abstract Expressionist American artist Cy Twombly, born April 25, 1928, became popular in the 1950s with a distinct style of painting that consisted of drips and scratched lines, reminiscent of a child’s handwriting.  Although influenced by Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Franz Kline, Cy Twombly attempted to distance himself from the Abstract Expressionist movement and instead began to explore the beginnings of the Minimalist movement.

In his early years, Twombly studied at the Boston Museum School and was interested in Dadaism and Surrealism. Twombly attended the Arts Students League in New York, where he met artist Robert Rauschenberg. He then later attended Black Mountain College, where he learned from the artist residents.

Twombly’s first exhibition was at The Seven Stairs Gallery in Chicago in 1951.  The exhibition consisted of all of the pieces he had completed at Black Mountain College.

As time went on, Twombly transitioned from mainly black and white artworks to colorful artworks in 1960 that had drawn on the themes of violence and eroticism, commenting on the current state of the world, as he was based in both Italy and the United States during that time. After his first exhibition, Twombly shifted back to his focus on sculpture, mainly consisting of objects he found and then covered with white paint. This method was developed from Twombly’s continued interest in classical Italian artwork, and became his modern take on classical sculptures. Even after the creation of his sculptures, Twombly went back to painting and worked on incorporating even more color than before, up until his death on June 5, 2011.