Cy Twombly, Painter, Dies at 83

posted 2011-07-05 15:37:00 by beth

Cy Twombly, whose spare child-like scribbles and poetic engagement with antiquity left him stubbornly out of step with the movements of post-war American art even as he became one of the era’s most important painters, died in Rome Tuesday. He was 83.

The cause was not immediately known, although Mr. Twombly had suffered from cancer. His death was announced by the Gagosian Gallery, which represents his work.