Cy Twombly, titan of modern art, dies at 83
Los Angeles Times 

July 5, 2011

Cy Twombly, 83, one of the most prominent figures in the world of modern art, died today. The American artist died in Rome after a battle with cancer, according to reports.

Twombly is known for his abstract paintings and other works that use repetitive lines and calligraphy-like writing. His often challenging style made him a favorite among other artists, but it kept him at arm’s length from the general public. Critics were often divided on the merit of this work, but he eventually became regarded as a key figure of 20th century modern art.