Howard Hodgkin, British artist and winner of the 1985 Turner Prize, has died the age of 84.
Born in 1932, Hodgkin began his career as a painter in the Sixties, but did not achieve major recognition until the Seventies.
Since then, however, he has been recognised as one of Britain's most important modern abstract painters, and was awarded a knighthood in 1992.
“Howard Hodgkin was one of the great artists and colourists of his generation," said Tate Director Nicholas Serota.
"His sensuous, intense paintings were infused with his love and understanding of late nineteenth 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."