My Personal Experience With A Cy Twombly Artwork Part 1
Further to my last post on aesthetics, I would like to give you an example of my experience with an artwork that revealed why it was a good investment by engaging with me on a level that went beyond pure aesthetics and changing my perception of the artist and artwork. The artwork in question is called “Three Studies From the Temeraire” by Cy Twombly and was purchased by the Art Gallery of New South Wales (my favourite place to visit) for a considerable six million dollars.
"Three Studies From the Temeraire" by Cy Twombly
I first saw this painting in a newspaper article just after is was purchased and my first impression was that it was a waste of good money that could have been spent on something much better. There was considerable controversy over the purchase of this painting which at the time I thought was completely justified. As far as artworks go, this painting by Cy Twombly is rather simple and very sparse which are not the ingredients for a good first impression. There seemed to be no middle ground with this work, you either liked it or hated it, and I hated it. Even though I began my relationship with this work in negative territory, every time I visited the Art Gallery of New South Wales I had to stop and contemplate the painting in an effort to understand it and relate to it on some level. I did some further research on the artwork and the artist and began to forge some appreciation, bit by bit.
After many months of deliberation and contemplation I suddenly realised that the relationship between myself and “Three Studies From the Temeraire” had matured and blossomed. At first I found it hard to believe but I had actually grown to really like this painting, but why?? TO BE CONTINUED……
**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.