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Robert Rauschenberg

American, 1925-2008

Robert Rauschenberg was one of the preeminent American artists of the 20th century, occupying a singular position that straddled the Abstract Expressionist and Pop art movements, drawing on key elements of each. An artistic polymath equally adept at painting, collage and silkscreening, Rauschenberg is best known for for the complex assemblages of found objects he termed “combines.”

Rauschenberg was born in Port Arthur, Texas, in 1925. He first began to seriously consider a career in art in 1947, while serving in the U.S. Marines. After leaving the service, he briefly studied art in Paris with support from the G.I. Bill, then moved to North Carolina to attend Black Mountain College, home to a flourishing cross-disciplinary art community. Among his peers there were choreographer Merce Cunningham and composer John Cage, both of whom became friends and artistic collaborators.

Relocating to New York in the mid-1950s, Rauschenberg was initially put off by what he perceived as the self-seriousness of the adherents of Abstract Expressionism, then the dominant movement in the New York art world. Like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg was drawn to the visual landscape of popular culture and mined its imagery for inspiration. He used unorthodox materials like house paint and tried novel techniques in his studio like running paper over with a car whose wheels he had inked. Shortly after his inaugural solo exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery, which featured paintings and drawings, he pivoted to a new format, creating his first found-object combines, which became his signature. The most famous of these is the 1959 Monogram in which a taxidermied goat is surrounded by a car tire, recalling the way a person’s initials are interwoven in the design referred to by the title.

Later in the 1960s, Rauschenberg turned his attention to silkscreening, creating prints that feature iconic figures of the day, very much in line with the style and content of Pop art. One such work, 1965's Core, which was created to commemorate the Congress of Racial Equality, combines photographs of President Kennedy, an unidentified Native American man, and a statue of a Civil War soldier with images of highways, amusement parks, street signs, and other features of the built environment. A circular color-test wheel sits at the composition’s formal core, reflecting the work’s commentary on race and ethnicity.

Throughout the 1960s and ‘70s, Rauschenberg experimented with printing on unusual materials, such as Plexiglas, clothing and aluminum. Venturing even further afield, he created performance works, such as his 1963 choreographed piece “Pelican” and the 1966 film Open Score. In 1998, the Guggenheim Museum presented a large and comprehensive retrospective of Rauschenberg’s work, highlighting his influence on American art in the second half of the 20th century.

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Sketch for Monogram, 1959 -- ScreenPrint, Lithograph, Art by Robert Rauschenberg
By Robert Rauschenberg
Located in London, GB
ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG Sketch for Monogram, 1959, 1973 Screenprint and lithograph in colours, on rag paper Signed, dated and numbered from the edition of 300 With the artist's copyrigh...
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1970s Contemporary Robert Rauschenberg

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Lithograph, Screen

Robert Rauschenberg 'Centennial Celebration' 1998 ORIGINAL POSTER
By Robert Rauschenberg
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 34.5 x 26 inches ( 87.63 x 66.04 cm ) Image Size: 34.5 x 26 inches ( 87.63 x 66.04 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling Additional...
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1990s Pop Art Robert Rauschenberg

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Offset

“After Homage to Picasso“
By Robert Rauschenberg
Located in Warren, NJ
This is a rare lithograph only 45 made. There is some foxing and toning, but it should be able to fix that. Still a great picture. Measurements image size: 22 1/4 by 30 inches; ove...
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1970s Robert Rauschenberg

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Lithograph

Charms against harms, Robert Rauschenberg
By Robert Rauschenberg
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) Title: Charms against harms Year: 1993 Medium: Lithograph on wove paper Edition: H.C. 8/15, 100, plus proofs Size: 40.5 x 28 inches Condition:...
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1990s Pop Art Robert Rauschenberg

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Lithograph

Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games (with COA from Olympic Committee)
By Robert Rauschenberg
Located in New York, NY
Robert Rauschenberg Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games (with COA from Olympic Committee), 1982 Offset Lithograph on Parson's Diploma paper Stamp (plate) signed with the artist's initials...
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1980s Pop Art Robert Rauschenberg

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Lithograph, Offset

Arcanum VI, 1981 color screenprint, American 20th Century, Edition 76/85
By Robert Rauschenberg
Located in Beachwood, OH
Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925-2008) Arcanum VI, 1981 Color screenprint with collage on heavy wove paper Signed, dated and numbered 76/85 22.75 x 15.5 inches 30 x 22.75 inches, ...
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1980s American Modern Robert Rauschenberg

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Screen

"Wart" original lithograph
By Robert Rauschenberg
Located in Henderson, NV
Medium: original offset lithograph. This work is also known as "Envelope". Rauschenberg executed this interesting Pop Art classic for Art In America in 1970. It consists of one compo...
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1970s Pop Art Robert Rauschenberg

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Lithograph, Offset

Water Stop
By Robert Rauschenberg
Located in New York, NY
Publisher: ULAE Printer: Fred Genis, Donn Steward & Timothy Huchthausen One of Rauschenberg's most complex prints, made between Autumn 1967 and May 1968, the print contains imagery ...
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1960s Robert Rauschenberg

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Lithograph

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  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Robert Rauschenberg was most famous for his combines. To produce these abstract compositions, the American artist combined a variety of found materials into complex collages. Rauschenberg also worked as a silkscreener and painter. Find a range of Robert Rauschenberg art on 1stDibs.
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    Robert Rauschenberg was a part of the Neo-Dada art movement. He is known for pushing the definition of what classifies as art through his paintings, sculptures, graphic designs and performances. Some of his most famous works include White Painting, Monogram, Collection and Canyon. On 1stDibs, find a selection of Robert Rauschenberg art.

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