Original limited edition fine art print by Cy Twombly – Titled: Mushrooms, 1974 (From Natural History – Part I: Mushrooms No. VI)
Mixed media lithograph in colors build up with grano-lithograph, photochrome and collotype techniques as well with collage and hand-coloring in crayon on Rives Couronne paper signed in pencil with initial and numbered on lower right. One of an edition of 98 signed and numbered lithographs.
Publisher: Propyläen Verlag, Berlin
Printer: Mattieu Studio, Zurich
Dimensions: full sheet: 75.8 x 55.8 cm – 29.75 x 21.8 in.
Price: 22 000, 00 $ CAD (Canadian dollars)
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Note: From Natural History is a portfolio of ten prints printed on Rives Couronne Paper (except for III on Richard de Bas paper). The prints are mixed media technique of colour lithography, grano-lithography, collotype and photo-chrome with collage and drawing by the artist. The portfolio is from an edition of 98 with 17 artist’s proofs and 1 printer’s proof that has been printed at the Mattieu Studio in Zurich in the summer of 1974. Each print is signed and numbered by the artist and embossed with the printer’s sign. The ten prints in each portfolio are marked with an embossed number from I-X.
Ref: Literature: Bastian 47
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Cy TWOMBLY (1928 – 2011)
Twombly was born in 1928 in Lexington, Virginia, and studied art in Boston and New York and after that at Black Mountain College in North Carolina in the early 1950s. Although he was a contemporary of Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, his work soon digressed from the aims of American postwar abstraction.
While the prevailing tendencies of the period where art movements such as Pop art, he sought to abandon historical narratives altogether. Twombly directed his focus toward ancient, classical, and modern poetic traditions. In the late 1950s he moved to Italy, where he produced colorful, diagrammatic works that feature erotic allusions and sly jokes while maintaining an abstract charge. Shortly thereafter the sebaceous, bright colors of these works gave way to the more austere grays and blues of the “blackboard” paintings, in which terse, white scrawls and loops recall the powdery effects of chalk on a blackboard.
As Cy Twombly continued to work in various locations over the following decades; such as and including Rome, Lexington, and his final residence, in Gaeta, Italy, these places, landscapes, and natural forms came to figure prominently in his drawings, collages, photographs, and watercolors.
For Twombly, the poetic and the rational were not mutually exclusive. Collage, which engaged him briefly in 1959, but finally began to appear more regularly in 1971, allies Twombly to the Dadaists and their descendants, such as Rauschenberg and Johns.
Visual information from everyday life, travel postcards, reproductions of paintings, scientific illustrations, and personal drawings entered his work as a way to explore the potential of both structure and meaning.
From his student days on, Twombly also captured his daily life in photographs. He recorded the verdant landscapes of Virginia and the coasts of Italy; close-up details of ancient buildings and sculptures; studio interiors; and still lifes of objects and flowers.
Beginning in the early 1990s, he used specialized copiers to enlarge his Polaroid images on matte paper, resulting in subtle distortions that approximate the timeless qualities of his paintings and sculptures.
In 2010 Twombly was selected to install a permanent work at the Louvre: a painted ceiling for the Salle des Bronzes. The Ceiling spans 3,750 square feet (350 square meters) and pays homage to the greatest Hellenic sculptors, from Phidias to Praxiteles, each of their names inscribed over an immense blue sky populated by floating, cosmic orbs.
In 2011, Twombly died in Rome after being hospitalized for several days; he had had cancer for many years. A plaque in Santa Maria in Vallicella commemorates him.
His paintings of large-scale, freely-scribbled, calligraphic and graffiti-like works on solid fields of mostly gray, tan, or off-white colors are in the permanent collections of most of the museums of modern art around the world, including the Menil Collection in Houston, the Tate Modern in London or the New York’s Museum of Modern Art
Sources: Archives Ysebaert Louisseize Arts and Wikipedia
January 3, 2023
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