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Untitled VI (Green Paintings)

Cy Twombly American

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These six works evoke a walk in the woods, or the whiteness of the Mediterranean Sea that was visible from Twombly’s studio in Gaeta, Italy. The artist fully embraced the combination of gravity and a vertical support—green paint cascades onto the panels and drips onto the rounded molding in a merging of image and frame, an abiding interest of Twombly’s in the 1980s. He appears to have experimented with the sequence of panels, which may explain why Untitled I–VI (Green Paintings) was not included in the catalogue raisonné of his paintings or exhibited during his lifetime; the works remained with Twombly until his death in 2011. To this day, it remains unclear whether the artist considered them finished or unfinished.

Untitled VI (Green Paintings), Cy Twombly (American, Lexington, Virginia 1928–2011 Rome), Acrylic on plywood with artist's frame

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