Cy TwomblySouvenir de L'Ile des Saintes 1979

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Cy Twombly (1928‑2011)
Souvenir de L'Ile des Saintes
Date 1979
Medium8 works on paper, watercolour and gouache
Dimensionssupport, each: 252 x 287 mm
Acquisition ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Not on display

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'Souvenir de L’Île des Saintes' (Memory of the Islands of The Saints) is a suite of eight works on paper and represents the artist’s first experiments with watercolour. Twombly made the work at the end of 1979 while he was staying on the French Caribbean islands of Les Saintes. The title sheet reflects his interest in conflating the act of writing with the act of drawing. Here, the work’s date and title become part of the sequence of images. On subsequent sheets, vibrant daubs of colour are gradually transformed into cloud-like washes, conveying the transience of memory.

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