(Lexington, 25 April 1928 – Rome, 5 July 2011)
From 1947 to 1949 he studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, at the Washington and Lee University and at the Art Students League in New York from 1950 to 1951.
There he met Robert Rauschenberg who accompanied him to Black Mountain College, near Asheville, North Carolina, where he also met John Cage. Twombly is known for his way of blurring the line between drawing and painting.
Many of his most famous works of painting of the late fifties and early sixties recall the graffiti accumulated over the years on the walls of the houses, while those of the late sixties remember the 'e' traced in italics.
At this point he abandons painting as a representation, citing the line or staining each sign with his own story, as an individual subject.
Later, many of his paintings and works on paper went towards "romantic symbolism" and their titles can be interpreted visually through shapes and words.