British painter Howard Hodgkin dies at 84; Twitterati mourns the death of great abstract artist who was inspired by India

Asmita Kundu
Howard Hodgkin

Renowned British painter Howard Hodgkin breathed his last on Thursday at the age of 84. The Tate group of galleries announced on Twitter that the painter has died "peacefully in hospital in London."

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Paying tribute to the great artist, Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota stated: "Howard Hodgkin was one of the great artists and colourists of his generation.

"His sensuous and intense paintings were infused with his love and understanding of the late 19th-century French painting, especially Degas, Vuillard and Bonnard, and by his feeling for the heat and colours of India, which he visited on many occasions."

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The artist was awarded knighthood in 1992 and won the Turner Prize in 1985.

While he will be remembered as one of the great artists of the century, the artist once said that he never would recommend the profession to anybody. "It's a very lonely occupation being a painter," he said. 

"How long I paint for each day varies, because I don't have many ideas, and often when I have them, they suddenly vanish."

On his demise, his followers mourned his death on Facebook and Twitter. Here are some of the reactions.

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