Description - Cy Twombly, Treatise on the Veil, 1970 by Michelle White
A breathtaking exploration of one of Twombly's largest paintings, the second version of his Treatise on the Veil
One of the most important American postwar artists, Cy Twombly (1928-2011) engaged with mythological and poetic source material, setting him apart from other artists of his generation. In 1970, Twombly revisited his 1968 painting Treatise on the Veil and, in a short period of focused creativity, produced a painting-Treatise on the Veil (Second Version)-on a single, 33-foot canvas along with more than a dozen related drawings.
This handsomely produced oversize book features three essays that examine these works in relation to Twombly's oeuvre, contemporaneous explorations of time, the Orpheus myth, and a musical composition that Twombly cited as an influence. Large images and details bring us in close to Twombly's magnificent meditation on time and space.
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