American painter Cy Twombly passed away yesterday in Rome. His brave work was unapologetically abstract in the 1950s, a time when free-form art was only beginning to gain legitimacy. Twombly's paintings are full of colorful gestures, text, smudges, drips, and marks, assembled in an imperfect but highly satisfying way.
Twombly's drawings and paintings speak to links between ancient mythology and contemporary society. His home in Rome, shot for Vogue in 1966 by Horst P. Horst, depicts this dual aesthetic with its classical sculpture, ornate traditional furniture, and intensely modern art. This home reflected the sort of layered personal style that cannot be imitated, only painstakingly composed by someone who loves each and every object.
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