Farewell Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly, photographed in front of one of his paintings by David Lees in April, 1958

Cy Twombly died in Rome yesterday, aged 83.  Emerging from the abstract expressionist movement, the American painter was renowned for his signature almost graffiti-like scribbles that blurred the lines between painting and drawing. Twombly’s work sold for millions of dollars and ignited such passion amongst his followers that in 2007 a woman in France was arrested for showering one of his canvases in kisses.

It was Twombly’s dealer Larry Gagosian that announced his death, stating: “The art world has lost a true genius and a completely original talent.  Despite his increasing fame, he never lost the playfulness and sense of humour that was his true nature, and, more importantly, he retained his humility”.

Farewell Cy Twombly

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