Cy Twombly Dies

July 6, 2011 by staff 

Cy Twombly DiesCy Twombly Dies, American painter CY Twombly, known for his large canvases scribbles, died Tuesday in Rome. He was 83. Gagosian Gallery, which represented the artist, did not give the cause of his death, but press reports said he had suffered from cancer.

Ansa Italy, the news agency said he had been hospitalized in Rome for a few days and wanted to be buried in the city.

“The art world has lost a true genius and a totally original talent, and for those lucky enough to have known him, a great human being,” said Larry Gagosian in a statement.

“We do not soon see an incredible talent with the scope and intensity. Although Cy might have been considered as a loner, who retreated to an ivory tower. He was happy to stay connected and live in the present.”

Twombly Gagosian never said that divides critics throughout his life and often refused to fit the trends of the day, lost his sense of humor and always remained humble.

He settled permanently in Italy in late 1950, and the art world is heading in the opposite direction – from Europe to New York – a decision that the New York Times called “the most symbolic of their idiosyncrasies.”

Twombly had not a bed of roses with art experts, who wondered if their calligraphic style and the use of words and graffiti in the paintings were worthy of a place at the head table of 20th century abstract art.

But the figure that avoided publicity was a star of contemporary art at the time of his death. Less than two months Twombly’s work since 1967, “Untitled” sold for 15.2 million and Christie in New York.

Only last year was invited to paint the ceiling of the room the bronzes in the Louvre in Paris, the third contemporary artist who is given a great honor.

The resulting work was an abstract composition on a blue background that complements the roof Georges Braque in the gallery next door.

It appeared the names of the most famous classical Greek sculptors of the fourth century, which underscores the fascination of classic Twombly’s art and history.

Twombly was born in Lexington, Virginia in 1928. He studied at several art schools in the U.S. before traveling extensively in Europe. He served as a cryptographer in the U.S. Army in the 1950′s.

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