Cy Twombly
No. X 1974

Artwork details

Cy Twombly 1928–2011
Date 1974
Medium Lithograph and mixed media on paper
Dimensions Support: 758 x 558 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1981
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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The title Natural History was adopted by Twombly from an early scientific encyclopedia by the Roman Pliny the Elder. Natural History Part I (Mushrooms) was the first of two portfolios; the other was subtitled Some Trees of Italy. Twombly used a quasi-scientific presentation of different lithographic images, combining them with collaged sheets of paper and photographs. These are enhanced with drawings in the artist’s characteristic expressive graphic language.

May 2008