Cy Twombly Untitled 1987

Artwork details

Artist
Cy Twombly 1928–2011
Title
Untitled
Date 1987
Medium Bronze, painted with white oil-base paint
Dimensions Object: 1215 x 360 x 560 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Cy Twombly Foundation 2014
Reference
T14085

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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.

July 2008

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