• Natural History Part I, Mushrooms: Plate II, 1974
  • Natural History Part I, Mushrooms: Plate II, 1974
  • Natural History Part I, Mushrooms: Plate II, 1974
  • Natural History Part I, Mushrooms: Plate II, 1974

    Natural History Part I, Mushrooms: Plate II, 1974

    Cy Twombly

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    Lithograph in colors with heliotype, photochrome, collages and color chalks drawing

    Signed, numbered and with ebossed Roman sheet number and copyright note

    From an edition of 98.

    29.9 x 22 in 76 x 56 cm

    "Natural History Part I, Mushrooms: Plate II, 1974" is a lithograph by American artist Cy Twombly.

    Plate II is part of a larger suite titled "Natural History Part I, Mushrooms" created in 1974. The suite likely consists of ten individual plates, each exploring the theme of mushrooms through Twombly's characteristic abstract expressionist style. 

    Natural History Part I, Mushrooms, 1974  is part of a two part series Cy Twombly produced in conjunction with Bastian Gallery in London.  The sets, titled Natural History Part I, Mushrooms and Natural History Part II, Some Trees of Italy (1975/1976) are based on an ancient text by roman author Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, published in 77-79 AD.

    The theoretical text examined natures relationship to art and placed nature as a divine entity. In the two series of works, Twombly explores a mixed-media techniques using lithographs and grano-lithographs, collotype on Fabriano paper, semi-transparent tracing paper, photochrome with collage, and his own drawings.

    This work have never been framed and were kept in a portfolio case for years. 

    Work is in excellent condition. You will not find a better example of this artwork.

    "The past is a springboard for me... Ancient things are new things. Everything lives in the moment; that's the only time it can live, but its influence can go on forever."

    Cy Twombly

    Cy Twombly (1928-2011) was an American artist who rose to prominence in the postwar era, known for his evocative and enigmatic paintings, drawings, and sculptures. Born in Lexington, Virginia, Twombly developed a fascination with mythology, history, and literature early on, which heavily influenced his artistic vision.