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Nini’s Painting

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In this work, Cy Twombly’s “doodles” with chalk, crayon, and pencil almost look like writing. We even believe we can read individual letters and words from the lines—for example the names Cy and Nini. But the curved lines do not reveal any message.

In his adopted home of Rome, Cy met Plinio De Martiis in the 1960s. Plinio was a gallerist, and soon not only a good friend but also an important patron. In 1971 his wife Nini died suddenly. Cy then painted a series of five pictures, all dedicated to Nini.

As if grief had swallowed his words, Cy addresses Nini with this picture. The canvas becomes a means for an attempt at a final personal conversation.

Ponder this

What form do thoughts take before they become words? 

CY TWOMBLY’S WORKING METHOD

In this piece, Cy worked line by line. This composition and the curvaceous drawn lines create a connection to writing. One sometimes even believes to have discerned an actual word.

"I think space is for paintings, for looking at paintings."

Cy Twombly

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Reflect

When we begin to think about something, or an event occupies our thoughts very much, it is often not yet possible for us to put what we have thought into words.

What might these thoughts look like as images? 

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Cy Twombly, Untitled (New York City), 1968

The dryness of the dark gray picture looks like a slate, its size resembles that of a school blackboard. On it are irregular white lines and light-gray splashes of color. The lines

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Cy Twombly

was born in Lexington, Virginia, USA, in 1928 and died in Rome in 2011.

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Write without words

What happens when we try to write without using words?