American painter Cy Twombly dies

July 6th, 2011 - 11:29 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington, July 6 (THAINDIAN NEWS) American painter Cy Twombly has died at the age of 83 years. Twombly is famous for his calligraphic paintings, which shot him to fame in the 1950s.

Twombly was largely not-known until he found a breakthrough with his unique paintings in the 1950s. His style was using crayon to make repetitive lines and writings on canvases. He also used pencil and oil paint for his works.

For some years now, Twombly has been struggling with cancer and on Tuesday a spokesperson for the Gagosian Gallery confirmed that the ace painter has lost his battle against cancer. It is reported that Twombly died in Rome.

Since he achieved fame, some of Twombly’s works have been purchased for millions of dollars. The most expensive work of the painter was bought for $5.5 million during an auction in 1971.

The painter was honored last year when he was given the opportunity to paint the ceiling of the Louvre museum in Paris. He has become only the second painter in more than half a century to have done so. The last painter to have drawn on the ceiling of the museum was Georges Braque in the 1950s.

Some of Twombly’s works are on display in several museums in the world.

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