Robert Rauschenberg was born in 1925 and was an American painter and printmaker whose works can be seen to be a precursor to the Pop Art movement. He lived and worked in New York City and in Florida until his death from heart failure in 2008.
Rauschenberg worked in a variety of media and disciplines, including set design and costume design for performance art and dance productions. He is best known, however, for his combinations of painting and sculpture using found objects and collage techniques to create unique pieces. The most famous example of this style of work is Monogram, which features a stuffed goat encircled by a car tyre, mounted on to a painted base.
Robert Rauschenberg produced many prints, his first prints be created in the late 1960s. Most of Rauschenberg’s prints were lithography prints though he also produced silkscreen prints and photographic prints. All of Rauschenberg prints are original prints as Rauschenberg saw printmaking as a distinct medium to create artworks.
His work is described as Abstract Expressionism, though it has also been called Neo-Dadaist, owing to its similarity to the ‘readymades’ of Dadaist Marcel Duchamp.
As a young man, Rauschenberg initially enrolled at the University of Texas to study Pharmacy, but was then drafted into the U.S. army. He went on to study art at the Kansas City Art Institute and the Académie Julian in Paris, France. He is a decorated and renowned mixed media artist who has won countless accolades and awards, including the prestigious National Medal of Arts. His achievements have made him one of the most influential artists of the modern era.
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