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Rauschenberg, Milton (Rauschenberg, Robert)

Born: 1925 AD
Currently alive, at 89 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Painters


1925 - Born on October 22nd in Port Arthur, Texas. An American painter and graphic artist whose early works anticipated the Pop art movement.

1946-1947 - Rauschenberg knew little about art until he visited an art museum during World War II while serving in the U.S. Navy. He studied painting at the Kansas City Art Institute, changed his name from Milton to Robert because it sounded more artistic, and studied briefly in Europe.

1948-1950 - He studied at Black Mountain College, North Carolina, under the Bauhaus master Josef Albers and at the Art Students League in New York City.

1955 - Rauschenberg became associated with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, first as a designer of costumes and sets and later as a technical director. He also produced theatrical pieces in collaboration with composer John Cage.

1962 - He borrowed from Andy Warhol the silk-screen stencil technique for applying photographic images to large expanses of canvas, reinforcing the images and unifying them compositionally with broad strokes of paint reminiscent of Abstract Expressionist brushwork.

1963 - His painting became more purely graphic like “Bicycle” than the earlier combines.

1970-1990 - He had turned to prints on silk, cotton, and cheesecloth, as well as to three-dimensional constructions of cloth, paper, and bamboo in an Oriental manner.

         - Among Rauschenberg's preoccupations were lithography and other printmaking techniques. He continued to incorporate imagery from the commercial print media but began to rely more heavily on his own photography. Some of his works were influenced by visits with artists in such countries as China, Japan, and Mexico.


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