This work from 1962 uses one of Rauschenberg’s favourite techniques: silkscreen prints of images from magazines, which he overpainted with brushstrokes applied direct to the canvas. All the images – which Rauschenberg has stated are not intended to convey any particular message – are from books or magazines, except for the prominent water tower, which was photographed by the artist from the roof of his New York studio.
245 x 153.5 x 2.5 cm
Date of work
Original: Original: Oil and silkscreen ink on canvas 245 x 153.5 x 2.5 cm Tate. Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1969 © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/ DACS
One of the most influential figures of twentieth-century art, Robert Rauschenberg was a pioneering artist who ultimately challenged perceptions of what art could be. Born in Texas in 1925 he later moved to New York, where he created many of his best-known works. Endlessly curious and inventive, his work ranged from painting and sculpture to performance and dance. His refusal to accept existing boundaries of what was considered art led him to continually experiment with new techniques, from innovative printing methods to incorporating found objects and detritus in his works. This radical approach prefigured pop art and inspired generations of conceptual artists in the decades that followed.