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Madame D'O

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70 x 16 x 10 5/8 in. (177.8 x 40.6 x 27 cm)

About This Artwork

Like personal artifacts, Cy Twombly's sculptures are developed from materials collected over many years from various locations where Twombly has lived. Before cast in bronze and coated with a soft, off-white patina, found objects such as wood or metal parts are combined with clay or plaster. The sculptures often take on the surface qualities of these materials; captured in the final metal alloy is the textured grain of a piece of weathered wood or of roughly smeared plaster. Like the artist's radiant and expansive paintings, Twombly's sculptures achieve a lightness that is at once airy and luminous, belying the solidity and weight of their materials.