Cy Twombly, born on April 25th, 1928 in Lexington, Virginia! Twombly, who was greatly influenced by Pollock and, Robert Rauschenberg, a long time friend, didn’t quiet follow in the footsteps of abstract expressionism or surrealism, but used those two movements as a launching pad for his own style. While deployed in Augusta, Georgia in 1954, Twombly would experiment with his version of automatism, a way of painting that separates the artist’s thought process from the brush, allowing him to paint freely without any predetermination or preconception. During lights out, Cy would paint in the dark of his room. Later in life, in 1960 Twombly, deeply affected by his travels to Rome with Rauschenberg in 1952, relocated there and lived there until his death in 2011. The contrast between European art revival as well as Western history and civilization, and American art movements, motivated Twombly’s work through most of his career. Pictured here is Cy Twombly, Leda and the Swan, 1962, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, New York.