Skip to Content

Open today 10–11 a.m. members |
11 a.m.–5 p.m. public. Learn more.

The Song of the Border-Guard

A work made of woodcut on red-orange wove paper.
© Cy Twombly Foundation

Image actions

  • A work made of woodcut on red-orange wove paper.

Date:

1952

Artist:

Cy Twombly (American, 1928-2011)
Robert Duncan (American, 1919-1988)

About this artwork

On Robert Rauschenberg’s advice, Cy Twombly spent two summers and a winter in the early 1950s studying at Black Mountain College in North Carolina. It was there that he met three artists who deeply influenced his art, Robert Motherwell, Ben Shahn, and Franz Kline. In their work, he encountered two approaches that became fundamental to his own style: bold, insistent mark making and voids that are fully active. It was at Black Mountain College that Twombly made his first print, this woodcut on vibrantly colored paper, which was intended to accompany Robert Duncan’s poem “Song of the Border Guard.”

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Cy Twombly

Title

The Song of the Border-Guard

Origin

United States

Date

1952

Medium

Woodcut on red-orange wove paper

Dimensions

305 × 457 mm (block); 330 × 510 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Goldenberg Fund

Reference Number

1993.192.1

Copyright

© Cy Twombly Foundation

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share