Robert Rauschenberg, ‘Two Reasons Birds Sing’, 1979, Caviar20

We love the softness and subtlety of this fantastic Rauschenberg screenprint with fabric collage.

This example from the famed "Suite of Nine Prints" portfolio demonstrates a shift of focus from Rauschenberg. This disparate elements that make up the composition are not immediately apparent or iconic. Their affect is more about shape or form rather than immediate symbolism - there is no JFK American eagle or spaceship here.

Instead we have poetic and mysterious elements including a deep-sea diver, the arm of a record player and sunken treasure or ship's figurehead.

"Two Reasons Birds Sing" is a lovely example of one of the most fascinating and original American artists of the 20th century.

Signature: Signed, dated 79 and numbered by the artist.

About Robert Rauschenberg

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.

American, 1925-2008, Port Arthur, Texas, based in New York and Captiva Island, Florida