Visual research: Cy Twombly (1929-2011) ‘Bolsena’

This drawing is made from the ‘Blackboard paintings’ that C Twombly started in 1966. In this drawing it is actually a whiteboard.

Compared to the two pieces I looked at before (Da Vinci’s ‘Virgin’ and Kollwitz’s ‘Brot!’) this drawing is completely different. It is not figurative, many different marks. It shows abstract shapes, simple shapes as squares, rectangles, and some ideas on cubes. The whole image shows a direction from left lower corner to the right upper corner.

The title ‘Bolsena’ reminds of the Italian town in the region Lazio. You could perhaps say that the indicated shaper are representing houses/buildings/town structures? In the middle there seem to be an eye? What are the numbers on the drawing telling us? Looking deeper, you could see a map, shapes of persons.

To me this drawing is quite dynamic but also expresses a feeling of ‘hopeless’ – like the Kollwitz’s ‘Brot!’ drawing. My eye cannot rest on this pictures.

Stefan513593 - visual research - Cy Twombly - 'Bolsena'

Stefan513593 – visual research – Cy Twombly – ‘Bolsena’

Ref: TWOMBLY, CY (1969) BOLSENA. [OIL, COLOURED CHALK & PENCIL ON CANVAS] [ONLINE IMAGE] PRIVATE COLLECTION. AVAILABLE FROM: HTTP://PRIVATE.BRIDGEMANEDUCATION.COM [ACCESSED 14 NOVEMBER 2014]

 

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