His most famous painting (The four seasons – spring, summer, autumn and winter) – CY Twombly


“The Four Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter (Quattro Stagioni)” is the series created by CY Twombly, an American calligraphic-style graffiti painter (b.1928) from Lexington, Virginia, in 1993-94. Twombly studied art in Boston, New York and at Black Mountain College in North Carolina. As its name suggests, the painting is made up of four parts, representing “Quattro Stagioni (four seasons)”. Two synthetic polymer paints, oil, interior paint, pencil and pencil were used to create the four canvases. Of the four, the canvas for “Spring” measures 10 ‘3 1/8 “x 6’ 2 7/8” (312.5 cm x 190 cm), “Summer” 10 ‘3 3/4 “x 6’ 7 1 / 8 “(314.5 cm x 201 cm),” Fall “10 ‘3 1/2” x 6’ 2 3/4 “(313.7 x 189.9 cm) and” Winter “is 10 ‘3 1/4 “x 6 ‘Size of 2 7/8” (313 x 190.1 cm).

In “The Four Seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter (Quattro Stagioni)”, CY Twombly portrays the changing color of the four-season country landscape. The painting in four series also seems to build a resemblance to the human life cycle. “The four seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter (Quattro Stagioni)” expresses the philosophy of “life goes on”. It seems to insist that every end thing starts all over again. In other words, rebirth follows death, just as spring (rebirth) follows winter (death).

With different phases, the feeling is different. Where winter is cold and waning, spring evokes the happy expression of life with new fruits and flowers blooming again, as is perfectly reflected in the forest of Botticelli’s Primavera (Italian word for spring). In “The Four Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter (Quattro Stagioni)”, CY Twombly also perfected the feel with the use of his brilliant color palette that continues to strike the right connotations associated with each of the four canvases. . In fact, the classic color scheme added the entirety of “The Four Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter (Quattro Stagioni)”.

For “Spring,” Twombly used vibrant red curves, with bright yellow splashes on them. The red curves resemble those of ancient Egyptian ships, which is common in several of Twombly’s designs. “Estate (summer)” turns warm in yellow, with predominant colors expressing the state of youth and pleasure. The use of white denotes love melting in crazy heat. “Autunno (autumn)” refers to the harvest season and the famous Bassano wine festival. A few layers of red and the phrase such as “Your Blood” imply the rise to power of Bacchus, the mythological god of wine. Finally, “Inverno (winter)” is the most scattered among all of Twombly’s 4-season canvases. In this work of art, the words mysteriously disappear under the transparent white mist. A competent blend of yellow and green creates the much-needed depth of hue, to reflect its deadly cold property.

One of CY Twombly’s brilliant sparks, “The Four Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter (Quattro Stagioni)” is currently on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.


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