'Roman Notes I' by Cy Twombly at Modern Art + Design
Cy Twombly 'Roman Notes I'
In Cy Twombly's art, a close relationship to classical art history is visible. As the title “Roman notes” suggests, he was inspired by the ruins and architecture of Rome. On his first visit to the city in the 1950s, he was fascinated by ancient "graffiti" inscribed on the Roman buildings. In 1957 he moved to Rome where he resided for most of his life.
The early 1970s was a significant and dynamic period for Twombly. His "Roman Notes" series were created in 1970 and defined his groundbreaking aesthetics where the boundaries between painting, drawing, poetry, and text entwined. The scribbled lines in “Roman Notes” evoke thoughts about both graffiti and calligraphy, where the abstract lines make the viewer try to decipher the text.
Today these works are considered masterpieces, highly sought after by collectors and museums around the world.
The auction's lithograph was made in 1970, during the crucial years when he finds his characteristic expression. This period is considered the culmination of his artistry. Today, they are considered masterpieces, highly sought after by collectors and museums around the world.