Cy Twombly

Souvenir de L'lle des Saintes

About this artwork

'Souvenir de L’île des Saintes' (Memory of the Islands of The Saints) is a suite of eight works on paper and represents the artist’s first experiments with watercolour. Twombly made the work at the end of 1979 while he was staying on the French Caribbean islands of Les Saintes. The title sheet reflects his interest in conflating the act of writing with the act of drawing. Here, the work’s date and title become part of the sequence of images. On subsequent sheets, vibrant daubs of colour are gradually transformed into cloud-like washes, conveying the transience of memory.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Souvenir de L'lle des Saintes
  • date created:
    1979
  • materials:
    8 works on paper, watercolour and gouache
  • measurements:
    25.20 x 28.70 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • accession number:
    AR00181
  • gallery:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
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Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly