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Cy Twombly
The Italians
Rome, January 1961
Oil, pencil, and crayon on canvas

78 5/8 x 102 1/4 inches
Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund

Museum of Modern Art, New York



Excerpt from The Museum of Modern Art, New York:

Wild, scribbled, graffiti–like marks energize the expansive white surface of The Italians, revealing the artist’s sensuous joy in manipulating his medium. The explosion of signs, ironically, is not without order or clarity: the rubbing of charcoal on the far left side of the canvas reveals the stretcher bar beneath it, a red heart can be seen at the bottom, and "roma" is written just beneath the artists signature at the top right.


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Cy Twombly, American, 1928-2011
b. April 25, 1928, Lexington, VA
d. 2011


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