American Artist Cy Twombly Dies at 83

Wednesday, 06 Jul 2011 10:15 AM

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Cy Twombly, recognized as one of the most influential American artists of the 1950s, has died at 83, reports Fox 8 Cleveland.

Twombly, who had battled cancer for many years, passed away Tuesday in Rome where he had lived for most of his later years.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Menil Collection in Houston both house permanent displays of the modernist’s work.

In one of his latest accomplishments, Twombly was commissioned to paint a ceiling of the Louvre in Paris last year.

“The marvelous thing about having lived so long is to have been recognized along with Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg as one of the three most important American artists to emerge in the 1950s,” said chief curator of MOCA, Paul Schimmel.

“His work was more of a continuation of the legacies of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning and other first-generation Abstract Expressionist painters,” Schimmel said.

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