“What is that painting of mine in Philadelphia? Is it Fifty Days in Iliam? It’s very strange, no one has ever mentioned it. Have you ever seen it? Well it’s one of a large group of paintings. It’s called Fifty Days in Iliam; I spelt it I-L-I-A-M, which is not correct. It’s U-M. But I wanted that, I wanted the A for Achilles; I always think of A as Achilles; I wanted the A there and no one ever wrote and told me that I had misspelt Ilium. I’m saying anyone in America.” Cy Twombly
mood from the 1960s
a summation of Mary
panel despite the
Cuban Missile Crisis agonizing a much more somber and culminate the painting
wounds and in the final panoply of chaos their
1962 bleeding the line the
cycle of nine the
darkening of historical sequences of the bloody whirls
of President John F Kennedy producing
bloody whirls of historical sequences
sequences often articulating mood President
John F Kennedy produced insanity
- Sylvester, David. “Interview / Cy Twombly / Rome.” cytwombly.info. 2000. Web. 6 Mar. 2016.
- Twombly, Cy. Fifty Days at Iliam. 1978. Oil, oil crayon, and graphite on canvas. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia.