Cy Twombly Dead at 83

Cy Twombly's "Bacchanalia-Fall (5 Days in November)" (1977) (via Guardian)

A great artist died today. Cy Twombly was a celebrated American painter know for his “scribbly” calligraphic style that many described as lyrical. [AFP]

Here is the artist’s obituary in Le Monde (in French) and a link to the artist’s official website.

The artist currently has a show at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, Twombly & Poussin: Arcadian Painters. Here are some British reviews of the exhibition:

Cy Twombly in Fulton Street Studio, New York by Robert Rauschenberg
Cy Twombly in Fulton Street Studio, New York by Robert Rauschenberg (1954) (photo via

Update: The New York Times’ brief obituary (in English) is here: Cy Twombly, Idiosyncratic Painter, Dies at 83.

Update: Larry Gagosian of Gagosian Gallery, which represented Twombly, released the following statement today: “The art world has lost a true genius and a completely original talent, and for those fortunate enough to have known him, a great human being. We will not soon see a talent of such amazing scope and intensity. Even though Cy might have been regarded as reclusive, he didn’t retreat to an ivory tower. He was happy to remain connected and live in the present. Despite his increasing fame, he never lost the playfulness and sense of humor that was his true nature and, more importantly, he retained his humility. For me personally, it is an incredibly sad day and my thoughts are with Cy’s family and close friends.” Watch a video about Twombly’s 2007 exhibition “Blooming: A Scattering of Blossoms and Other Things” at the Gagosian Gallery here.

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