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- Milton Ernest "Robert" Rauschenberg (called “Bob”), 1925 – 2008, was an American painter and graphic artist born in Port Arthur, Texas.
- His earliest work was ahead of Pop Art and fit within it easily as the Pop Art era dawned. He deliberately chose not to become an Abstract Expressionist.
- When he is classed, it is usually as a Pop Artist or a Neo Dadaist. However, he was very hard to classify because of the wide array of materials and processes he used.
- He is still frequently identified with his “Combines" of the 1950s, which were innovative combinations of materials not then used in the art world. They were a fusion of painting and sculpture.
- Throughout many decades, his work encompassed photography, printmaking, papermaking, performance and perhaps the most expansive use of “mixed media” then seen in the art world.
- Rauschenberg lived and worked in New York City as well as on Captiva Island, Florida. In his last years, he spent most of his time in Florida.
- Although his earliest studies began in Pharmacy in Texas, he went into the Navy for WWII. When he was discharged, he changed his studies to art at the following: The Kansas City Art Institute, Académie Julian in Paris and Black Mountain College in North Carolina.
- Although Josef Albers was his teacher at Black Mountain, Rauschenberg related that he ended up doing the exact opposite of whatever Albers instructed him to do. This was because Albers was against experimentation whereas Rauschenberg was all about experimentation.
- From 1949 to 1952 Rauschenberg studied with Vaclav Vytlacil and Morris Kantor at the Art Students League of New York.
- By 1962, Rauschenberg used photographs he transferred to the canvas by silkscreen.
- Andy Warhol also began using the silkscreen in this era and the process became identified with Pop Art.
- Image transfer was used by Rauschenberg throughout his career in myriad ways. Thus photography was always an integral part of his work.
- Art Historian Leo Steinberg thought it was pivotal that Rauschenberg did not ally with the Abstract Expressionists.
- Summing up Rauschenberg’s career, he stated, “What he invented above all was a pictorial surface that let the world in again.’