Cy Twombly was one of the most defining artists of his generation, along with his peers Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. Unlike these two, Twombly was a more mysterious figure, whose practice oscillated between different dominant art movements of the time including Conceptual Art, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism and Neo-Dada. Deeply influenced by classical literature and ancient mythology, his gestural paintings are loaded with narrative and spirituality – he often used mixed media and collage, as well as text throughout his rich and diverse oeuvre.

Beginnings

Born 1928 in Lexington, Virginia, Cy Twombly studied art in Boston and New York before attending the prestigious Black Mountain College in North Carolina. On a scholarship, he moved to New York to pursue a career as a painter, and was quickly swept up in the circles of fellow legendary artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, as well as the then-dominant Abstract Expressionist and Pop Art movements.

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