Famed American painter Cy Twombly, who first found the limelight with his calligraphic paintings in the late 1950s, has died in Rome aged 83.
The Us artist was widely known for his abstract works that used oil paint, pencil and crayon to create repetitive lines and scribbles on canvas.
Mr Twombly also painted a ceiling in the Louvre Museum in Paris 2010.
A spokesman for the Gagosian Gallery confirmed Mr Twombly, who had cancer for several years, died on Tuesday.
Owner Larry Gagosian paid tribute to ´a talent of such amazing scope and intensity´.
´The art world has lost a true genius and a completely original talent and for those fortunate enough to know him, a great human being´, he said in a statement.
Cy Twombly, my favorite artist.