Cy Twombly, Untitled (Bacchus) 2008 . Tate . © Cy Twombly Foundation

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Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly, Untitled (Bacchus)  2008

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Cy Twombly, Untitled  1991

From the 1970s onward, Twombly made a variety of sculptures of chariots. The different forms looked back to several ancient sources, including Greek, Egyptian and Etruscan models. Twombly’s sculptures were assembled from found objects, pieces of wood or packaging. He would then cast them in bronze and apply white paint or plaster to the surface. He felt that this added a sense of antiquity to them, stating that ‘white paint was my marble’.

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Cy Twombly, Winter’s Passage: Luxor  1985

This sculpture was originally made from off-cuts of timber, then cast in bronze. With its sloping mast, it resembles a traditional Nile boat. Models like this were buried in ancient Egyptian tombs to transport the souls of the dead. The title refers to the journey from Egypt’s ancient capital Luxor to the burial grounds in the deserts on the west bank of the Nile. The block of wood placed on the boat could represent a sarcophagus, a stone coffin which would protect the body on its final journey.

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Cy Twombly, Untitled (Bacchus)  2008

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Cy Twombly, Untitled (Bacchus)  2008

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Art in this room

T14079: Untitled (Bacchus)
Cy Twombly Untitled (Bacchus) 2008
T14083: Untitled
Cy Twombly Untitled 1991
T14084: Winter’s Passage: Luxor
Cy Twombly Winter’s Passage: Luxor 1985
T14081: Untitled (Bacchus)
Cy Twombly Untitled (Bacchus) 2008
T14080: Untitled (Bacchus)
Cy Twombly Untitled (Bacchus) 2008