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Cy Twombly: Portraits

Cy Twombly: Portraits

Cy Twombly: Portraits

Past display archive
1 November 2019 - 19 January 2020

Room 33, Floor 1


Portrait of Henry Heymann by Cy Twombly, 1956

Portrait of Henry Heymann
by Cy Twombly, 1956
© Cy Twombly Foundation
Courtesy Private Collection and Lévy Gorvy, London/New York.

Cy Twombly (1928–2011) was a major post-war artist who played a critical role in the development of contemporary painting. While not usually associated with portraiture, this display demonstrates, for the first time, that figuration and portrait-making were part of Twombly’s practice throughout his career, and across the media of painting, drawing and photography.  At the centre of this display are two paintings of the artist’s friends: the set designer Henry Heymann made in 1956 and an abstract work of 1967 representing the philanthropist Paul Getty Jr.  Also included are photographs by Twombly of friends, family and self-portraits, displayed alongside never-before seen figurative drawings that reveal the importance of classical art and figuration within Twombly’s oeuvre.