(1925 - 2008)
Robert Rauschenberg was born in 1925 in Port Arthur, Texas. After serving in the Marines he studied art in Paris. Rauschenberg’s interest in pop culture and his disinterest in the more recognizable tenets of Abstract Expressionism spurned his painting practice. By the late 1950s, his work had moved from abstract painting to drawings to what he termed “combines.” As Pop Art emerged in the ’60s, Rauschenberg turned away from three-dimensional combines and began to work in two dimensions, using magazine photographs of current events to create silk-screen prints. Rauschenberg transferred prints of familiar images taken from American culture to canvas and personalized them with painted brushstrokes. This method enabled him to interpret and comment on contemporary society.