Nini’s PaintingArtwork Factory
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.
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.
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?