Cy Twombly's "The Rose II"
The Huffington Post writes about "100 Works of Art That Will Define Our Age", and included is The Rose II, a masterwork of epic proportions. His cryptic depiction of over sized flowers are at once beautiful, as well as somber and morose, as the paint runs down off the flowers. This implies death, and his professional background as a cryptologist would explain the artist's fascination with the subject matter.
Twombly's style combined graffiti and abstraction in a style that set a precedent to some of today's art. The artist was a working contemporary of Robert Rauschenberg while studying at the Art Students League, and Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell when he went to Black Mountain College. Twombly died in 2011 at the age of 83. He left a body of work and a legacy that will be studied and interpreted, and re-interpreted for years and years to come.