He was described as the poet with a camera. Italy’s Michelangelo Antonioni, a founding father of European avant-garde cinema, has died at the age of 94. Though he suffered a stroke in 1985, he went on to collaborate with German arthouse director Wim Wenders a decade later. Antonioni’s wife, Enrica Fico, said he died peacefully at home. He was awarded an honorary lifetime Oscar in 1995. Jack Nicholson, a star in his film The Passenger, praised the director. “I could tell you two good stories about him. First of all, after all is said and done, when he examines things, what he believes is that he will be endlessly attracted to beauty because beauty is truth and this is what he feels.” Antonioni’s first big success was “L’Aventura”. Made in 1960, it underscored the characters’ alienation and futile attempts to communicate. A year later, Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau starred in “La Notte”. His Oscar-nominated 1966 film “Blow Up” established him as a cult figure. One of his central themes was the sterility of modern society. He died just a day after the death of another great of European cinema Ingmar Bergman.