Rauschenberg first experimented with the silkscreen process – previously only used for commercial applications – in 1962. He was excited about its potential to faithfully reproduce pictures from magazines and his own photographs on a scale previously impossible. His addition of paint marks further transforms the images, their loose application contrasting with the deliberateness of the silkscreened method.
243.8 x 182.9 cm
Date of work
Original: Oil and silkscreen ink on canvas 243.8 x 182.9 cm Philadelphia Museum of Art; Centennial gift of the Woodward Foundation © 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.