Cy Twombly


In the series Tulips II (1985), Cy Twombly captured six dreamy close-ups of tulips from various angles, in soft focus. Soaked in light and saturated in shades of crimson and coral, the row of blurred flower photographs flicker alive and arouse an out-of-body sensation of falling.




“The Image cannot / be dis possessed of a / priMORdial / freshness / which IDEAS / CAN NEVER CLAIM.”

Cy Twombly (1928–2011)




“If you will cling to Nature, to the little things that hardly anyone sees, and that can so unexpectedly become big and beyond measuring; if you have this love of inconsiderable things and seek quite simply, as one who serves, to win the confidence of what seems poor: then everything will become easier, more coherent and somehow more conciliatory for you, not in your intellect, perhaps, which lags marveling behind, but in your inmost consciousness, waking and cognizance.”

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926)