(b Lexington, Va., 25 Apr. 1928; d Rome, 5 July 2011).
American abstract painter and draughtsman. His distinctive style is characterized by apparently random scrawls and scribbles on white or black grounds. In his rejection of traditional ideas of composition he shows an affinity with the all-over style initiated by Jackson Pollock, though Twombly's work is looser than that of Pollock. In 1957 he settled in Rome.