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Inspirational Art Quotes by the famous American abstract painter Cy Twombly
Born Edwin Parker Twombly, Jr. - Lexington, Virginia, USA - 25th of April, 1928 / Died 5th of July, 2011 Italy
Famous Cy Twombly paintings include large expressive abstract works, scribbly grafitti-like paintings, and work that uses color sparingly. He also created a large body of sculptural works.
Cy Twombly Quotes
- "I love my sculptures,
and I was lucky I had them for fifty years because no one would
look at them, and I really liked having them around."
- "My line is childlike
but not childish. It is very difficult to fake.. to get that quality
you need to project yourself into the child's line. It has to be
- "I would have liked
to be an architect but I'm not good at mathematics, so I don't have
the proper background."
- "I work in waves,
because I'm impatient. Because of a certain physicality, of lack
of breath from standing. It has to be done and I do take liberties
I wouldn't have taken before."
- "Landscape is one
of my favourite things in the world. Any kind of landscape stimulates
- "Graffiti is linear
and it's done with a pencil, and it's like writing on walls. But
in my paintings it's more lyrical."
- "I never really
separated painting and literature because I've always used reference."
- "I was always doing
my own things. I always wondered why there are books, with photographs
of all the artists of that period, and I was only in one! I thought:
where was I? But I never was there. I was somewhere else."
- "When I work, I
work very fast, but preparing to work can take any length of time."
- "I think space is
for paintings, for looking at paintings. Paintings 'hold' in that
kind of rectilinear space, which contains the energy of the works,
more than curved walls with this up here and that down there."
- "I would've liked
to have been Poussin, if I'd had a choice, in another time."
- "I sit for two or
three hours and then in 15 minutes I can do a painting, but that's
part of it. You have to get ready and decide to jump up and do it;
you build yourself up psychologically, and so painting has no time
for brush. Brush is boring, you give it and all of a sudden it's
dry, you have to go. Before you cut the thought, you know?."
- "Paint is something
that I use with my hands and do all those tactile things. I really
don't like oil because you can't get back into it, or you make a
mess. It's not my favourite thing.. pencil is more my medium than
- "I swear if I had
to do this over again, I would just do the paintings and never show
- "I used to change
things in my early paintings to get the nuance or feeling I wanted,
but now I plan everything in my head before I do it."
- "I look at a lot
of artists. I'm inspired by - I suppose I shouldn't say 'inspired,'
but it's not really influenced. I am inspired. Art comes from art."
- "Sculpture is a
whole other state. And it's a building thing. Whereas the painting
is more fusing.. fusing of ideas, fusing of feelings, fusing projected
- "I'm not too sensitive
to colour, not really. I don't use it with any nuance that I know
of. The form of the thing is more interesting to me than colour.
I take the color as primary.. like, if it's the woods, it's green,
if it's blood, it's red, if it's earth, it's brown."
- "I'm not a professional
painter, since I don't go to the studio and work 9 to 5 like a lot
of artists. When something hits me, or I see a painting, or when
I see something in nature, it gives me a thing and I go for it.
But I don't care if I don't go for three or four months. You know,
when it comes it comes."
- "I did them a certain
scale so I could carry them around. Small, because I like to be
able to look at them."
- "I don't follow
too much what people say. I live in Gaeta or Lexington, Virginia,
and I just have all the time to myself. I had years and years when
no one could care less, so I was very well protected. I had my freedom
and that was nice."