In the mid-1950s, Robert Rauschenberg created an innovative series of mixed-media assemblages called “combines.” In 1962, he developed a transfer technique that allowed him to adapt this approach to works on paper. Rauschenberg’s prints incorporate snippets from printed sources—mostly from popular magazines and art reproductions—with hand-drawn gestural marks. Like a Beat poet or jazz musician, Rauschenberg riffed on familiar motifs (Statue of Liberty, odalisque, eye chart, keys, statue of George Washington, and a glass of water). His spontaneous approach—even incorporating a chance break in the stone—and use of recognizable subject matter makes his work an important link between Abstract Expressionism and Pop art.
Color lithograph on paper
Image (irregular): 44 x 31 1/16 in. (111.8 x 78.9 cm); sheet: 48 1/2 x 34 in. (123.1 x 86.3 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 65.70
Large image not available.