Natural History Part I, Mushrooms. 1974. 9 sheets from a series 10 Lithograph in colors with heliotype, photochrome print, collage and color chalk drawing. Bastian 42-51. All monogrammed and numbered as well as with embossed Roman sheet number and embossed copyright stamp. From an edition of 98 copies. On wove paper by Rives (without watermrk). Each 75.8 x 55.8 cm (29.8 x 21.9 in), size of sheet. Printed by Matthieu Studio, Zürich (each with blindstamp). Published by Heiner Bastian in Propyläen Verlag, Berlin. [EL].
PROVENANCE: Private collection Berlin.
The two portfolios "Natural History" count among the most important works of the mid 1970s. Cy Twombly made them at the height of his epoch in pseudo-scientific aesthetics. The first series "Natural History Part I" is about fungi. In the expressive collage prints the clarity of schematic drawings and photographs is in a wonderful contrast with Twombly's expressive graphic duct. These innovative sheets unite logic and chaos, science and delusion and become allegories of mental structures and the human quest for knowledge.