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Robert Rauschenberg is among the most prominent figures in American printmaking, producing over 800 published editions during his artistic career. Printmaking was the perfect medium for the artist, who was fascinated with incorporating everyday materials into his art, including family photographs, street litter, …

Artist: Robert Rauschenberg, American (1925 - 2008)
Title: Portrait of Merce Cunningham
Year: 1984
Medium: Serigraph with Hand-Coloring and Collage, signed and numbered in pencil
Edition: 100
Size: 28 x 18.75 in. (71.12 x 47.63 cm)

Medium
Condition
Excellent
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Signed and numbered in pencil
Frame
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Robert Rauschenberg’s enthusiasm for popular culture and, with his contemporary Jasper Johns, his rejection of the angst and seriousness of the Abstract Expressionists led him to search for a new way of painting. A prolific innovator of techniques and mediums, he used unconventional art materials ranging from dirt and house paint to umbrellas and car tires. In the early 1950s, Rauschenberg was already gaining a reputation as the art world’s enfant terrible with works such as Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953), for which he requested a drawing (as well as permission) from Willem de Kooning, and proceeded to rub away the image until only ghostly marks remained on the paper. By 1954, Rauschenberg completed his first three-dimensional collage paintings—he called them Combines—in which he incorporated discarded materials and mundane objects to explore the intersection of art and life. “I think a picture is more like the real world when it’s made out of the real world,” he said. In 1964 he became the first American to win the International Grand Prize in Painting at the Venice Biennale. The 1/4 Mile or Two Furlong Piece (1981–98), a cumulative artwork, embodies his spirit of eclecticism, comprising a retrospective overview of his many discrete periods, including painting, fabric collage, sculptural components made from cardboard and scrap metal, as well as a variety of image transfer and printing methods.

High auction record
$88.8m, Christie's, 2019
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2018
Rauschenberg: In and About L.A.Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Rauschenberg: The 1/4 MileLos Angeles County Museum of Art
2017
Faurschou Foundation VeniceFaurschou Foundation
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Portrait of Merce Cunningham, 1984

Serigraph with hand-coloring and collage
28 × 18 3/4 in
71.1 × 47.6 cm
Edition of 100
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Robert Rauschenberg is among the most prominent figures in American printmaking, producing over 800 …

Artist: Robert Rauschenberg, American (1925 - 2008)
Title: Portrait of Merce Cunningham
Year: 1984

Medium
Condition
Excellent
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Signed and numbered in pencil
Frame
Not included
Price ranges of medium-sized prints by Robert Rauschenberg
Learn more
Browse works in this category
$2,800–$3,500
This work
$0
$14,700+

Robert Rauschenberg’s enthusiasm for popular culture and, with his contemporary Jasper Johns, his rejection of the angst and seriousness of the Abstract Expressionists led him to search for a new way of painting. A prolific innovator of techniques and mediums, he used unconventional art materials ranging from dirt and house paint to umbrellas and car tires. In the early 1950s, Rauschenberg was already gaining a reputation as the art world’s enfant terrible with works such as Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953), for which he requested a drawing (as well as permission) from Willem de Kooning, and proceeded to rub away the image until only ghostly marks remained on the paper. By 1954, Rauschenberg completed his first three-dimensional collage paintings—he called them Combines—in which he incorporated discarded materials and mundane objects to explore the intersection of art and life. “I think a picture is more like the real world when it’s made out of the real world,” he said. In 1964 he became the first American to win the International Grand Prize in Painting at the Venice Biennale. The 1/4 Mile or Two Furlong Piece (1981–98), a cumulative artwork, embodies his spirit of eclecticism, comprising a retrospective overview of his many discrete periods, including painting, fabric collage, sculptural components made from cardboard and scrap metal, as well as a variety of image transfer and printing methods.

High auction record
$88.8m, Christie's, 2019
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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