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At Inverleith House Royal Botanic Garden

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Botanical themes are rare in the earlier paintings of Cy Twombly, but here they blossom in recent plaster and bronze sculptures, large works on paper, and photographs of tulips, peonies and a polychrome sculpture. Exhibited in the serendipitous context of a great botanical garden and library, Twombly’s ever more colorful work moves the senses to bloom. This book was published for Twombly’s first solo exhibition in Scotland, right at the centre of Edinburgh’s breathtaking Royal Botanic Gardens. Born in Lexington, Virginia, in 1928, Twombly first started painting in his teens and presented his first major exhibition in 1964, the almost universally panned ‘Discourse on Commodus’. The collection of abstract floral designs, out of touch with the minimalist pop-art culture of the mid-sixties, did not appeal to the art critics of the day. Indeed, Twombly’s paintings leave a lot to be desired. The works in this book, most of them untitled, were little more than untamed explosions of colour.

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