I sit for two or three hours and then in 15 minutes I can do a painting, but that's part of it. You have to get ready and decide to jump up and do it; you build yourself up psychologically, and so painting has no time for brush. Brush is boring, you give it and all of a sudden it's dry, you have to go. Before you cut the thought, you know?

— Cy Twombly

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It's instinctive in a certain kind of painting.

..It's like a nervous system. It's not described, it's happening. The feeling is going on with the task. The line is the feeling, from a soft thing, a dreamy thing, to something hard, something arid, something lonely, something ending, something beginning.


I hate roses. Don't you? It's all right if you can hide them in a cutting garden, but I think a rose garden is the height of ick.


I work in waves, because I'm impatient.

Because of a certain physicality, of lack of breath from standing. It has to be done and I do take liberties I wouldn't have taken before.


I would’ve liked to have been Poussin, if I’d had a choice, in another time.


Paint is something that I use with my hands and do all those tactile things.

I really don't like oil because you can't get back into it, or you make a mess. It's not my favourite thing - pencil is more my medium than wet paint.


I listed to Tchaikovsky. He is both kitsch and profound. I love that lack of "Good taste."


Graffiti is linear and it's done with a pencil, and it's like writing on walls.

But in my paintings it's more lyrical.


I love my sculptures, and I was lucky I had them for 50 years because no one would look at them and I really liked having them around.


When I work, I work very fast, but preparing to work can take any length of time.


I never really separated painting and literature.


I had my freedom and that was nice.


Every line is the actual experience with its own unique story.


About Cy Twombly

Quotes 14 sayings
Profession Painter
Birthday April 25, 1928

And we who have always thought of happiness climbing, would feel the emotion that almost startles when happiness falls.