Cy Twombly

Untitled

1987

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Artist
Cy Twombly 1928–2011
Medium
Bronze, painted with white oil-base paint
Dimensions
Object: 1205 x 370 x 560 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Cy Twombly Foundation 2014
Reference
T14085

Not on display

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The poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke has inspired a number of Twombly’s sculptures and paintings. Here the last line from Rilke’s Duino Elegies is scribbled onto a piece of card at the base of the work: ‘And we who have always thought of happiness, climbing, would feel the emotion that almost startles when happiness falls’. The sculpture itself resembles a slender tree that has broken in two. The broken section leans almost vertically against the still upright other half.

Gallery label, July 2008