American painter Cy Twombly passed away yesterday at the age of 83. Renowned for blending painting, drawing and poetry, Twombly was one of the most important artists to emerge in the 20th-century.
There is, of course, no better time than the present to celebrate Twombly’s legacy. And, an inventive exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery running through September 25, 2011 is just the place to start.
Twombly and Poussin: Arcadian Painters pairs the two artists together in exhibition for the first time. Twombly noted, “I would’ve liked to have been Poussin, if I’d had a choice, in another time.” The juxtaposition of 17th-century and contemporary painting is tempered by a shared interest in mythological figures – Venus and Eros – and key themes of Arcadia and the pastoral.
Work by both Cy Twombly and Nicolas Poussin follows after the jump.