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”.