This is a fascinating and original exhibition bringing together Twombly and Poussin. We see how literally expressed Bacchanalian themes and the arcadian feeling of Poussin can be recreated in the orgiastic near-abstract paintwork of Twombly, as in Four Seasons: Autumn (1993-1995). The seventeenth century master of high precision, high octane neo-classicism and the contemporary master of post-Abstract Expressionism meet, creating thoroughly inventive juxtapositions.
it seems only fitting that this exhibit comes at the time of cy twombly's death. his was a spirit that lived in the classical past, especially that of ancient rome and greece. he was a romantic at heart and loved the european landscape (but also that of his native virginia). there are many references to poussin and 'arcadia' in cy's work and it would be compelling to see these two side by side. perhaps this show will travel to the usa.