Cy Twombly, Treatise on the Veil 1970

Author(s): Michelle White; Isabelle Dervaux; Sarah Rothenberg


A breathtaking exploration of one of Twombly's largest paintings, the second version of his Treatise on the Veil

One of the most important American postwar artists, Cy Twombly (1928-2011) engaged with mythological and poetic source material, setting him apart from other artists of his generation. In 1970, Twombly revisited his 1968 painting Treatise on the Veil and, in a short period of focused creativity, produced a painting--Treatise on the Veil (Second Version)--on a single, 33-foot canvas along with more than a dozen related drawings.

This handsomely produced oversize book features three essays that examine these works in relation to Twombly's oeuvre, contemporaneous explorations of time, the Orpheus myth, and a musical composition that Twombly cited as an influence. Large images and details bring us in close to Twombly's magnificent meditation on time and space.

Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780300244571
  • : Yale University Press
  • : Yale University Press
  • : May 2019
  • : 1.5 Centimeters X 35.6 Centimeters X 27.9 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Michelle White; Isabelle Dervaux; Sarah Rothenberg
  • : 80
  • : English
  • : Hardback