Inspirational Art Quotes by the famous American
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 little or very
+ 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,
+ 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.
+ I would have liked to be an architect but I'm
not good at mathematics, so I don't have the proper
+ 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 felt.
+ 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 me.
+ 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.
+ When I work, I work very fast, but preparing
to work can take any length of time.
+ 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.
+ 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.
+ 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 wet paint.
+ I wouldve liked to have been Poussin,
if Id had a choice, in another time.