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Death of Cy Twombly

Death of Cy Twombly

Published on July 6, 2011
Homage by Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication

Paris, July 6, 2011

A great American painter with a deep love for Old Europe has bid us farewell.

Cy Twombly lived in Italy for more than 50 years. His work was profoundly marked by his passion for Greek and Roman antiquity and its mythology, a source of endless inspiration to him.

Just a few months ago, I had the pleasure of inaugurating in his presence the painted ceiling he created for the Salle des Bronzes at the Louvre—a magnificent work that he was keen to offer as a sign of his great friendship for France.

In his paintings, his drawings and his sculptures, Cy Twombly always maintained his distance from the great arguments that roiled the 20th-century art scene. He had no ax to grind. While modern, he steered clear of talk about breaking with tradition. He was neither figurative nor abstract. Just wonderful.

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