Remembering Cy Twombly

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I know I am not an artist who works in paint.  However, art inspires me like nothing else can.  I would happily spend hours in a museum looking- thinking- experiencing.  Art can do that.  It speaks no language and every language all at once.  But you aren’t here to listen to my diatribe about what art means to me!

I have a feeling I won’t be the only one writing about Cy Twombly today.  After all he was an artist, who for the past 60 years was a major player in the art world.  He passed away Tuesday at the age of 83.  And while he had both fans and critics, there is no question that his work was provoking.

Twombly was a bit of a dichotomy (what great artist isn’t?!).  Twombly once said, “My line is childlike but not childish. It is very difficult to fake… to get that quality you need to project yourself into the child’s line. It has to be felt.”  Twombly also drew influence from poetry, antiquity and indigenous cultures.  It was this combination that took Twombly’s artwork from rudimentary to inspirational.

But enough talk.  Here are some of his pieces….


Leaving Paphos Ringed with Waves (III), 2009


Untitled (Bolsena), 1969


Coronation of Sesostris, 2000


The Rose (III), 2008


All images via the Gagosian.  For additional information click on the image.


  1. Sad news. I found his work inspiring. Fresh, constantly fresh.

  2. I really love his work. His death is a really sad news for the artistic community.

  3. Such sad news for the art world. Unfortunately the world seems to be losing great artists faster than I’m sure many of us would like. Worse, society doesn’t seem to have the same appreciation for art like it used to be. There’s just so much to learn and experience from the beauty and wonder artists give us.

    May he rest in peace.

  4. I was very sad when I read the news on MSN first thing in the morning….he will be missed, but his art will live forever. He left behind quite a legacy.

  5. In love, I am. So beautiful. Yes, his art is powerful. I love that line, My art is childlike but not childish.

    God bless. He will live always through his art, and in our hearts.

  6. I’m no art expert, but his work is incredible. I’m sure he will indeed be missed!

  7. Inspiring works. I’ve always felt that I get something different each time I viewed the pieces. You definitely do not need to be an artist or painter to be appreciative.

  8. i’ll admit i don’t know much about the art work but those pieces you posted are beautiful.

  9. Thank you for this tribute, Alexis. Beautiful, provocative work. I agree with Bella–fresh. He will missed.

  10. Fantastic! How I wish I had the last two especially hanging in my house.

  11. I love art, and I love going to museums. What a talented artist. RIP!
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