Art Quotes: Robert Rauschenberg

On this day in 1925 an American artist Robert Rauschenberg was born. He was an outstanding master, who managed to combine in his pieces features of various art movements – Pop Art, Neo-Dada, Abstract Expressionism and others. The young man gained recognition in early 1950s, when he introduced so-called ‘combined painting’ – vigorous wide brushstrokes and spots of paint, applied over complicated assemblages , close to Abstract Expressionism.
As one of Pop art’s pioneers, Rauschenberg draw inspiration from life of his family, folklore and urbane contemporaneity with all its idols and fetishes originated by mass consciousness.

Here’re some of the artist’s quotes:

  • I don’t mess around with my subconscious.
  • I wouldn’t use the same color in a picture in more than one place.
  • And all of this, all these physical aspects of painting at that time excited me very much. You could do a picture in just black and white. I mean all the things, whether you’re soliciting permission or not, do give you permission.
  • It is completely irrelevant that I am making them (his paintings, fh). ‘Today’ is their creator.
  • ..it was because of the general inclination, until very recently, to believe that art exists in art. At every opportunity, I’ve tried to correct6 that idea, suggesting that art is only a part – one of the elements that we live with… …Being a painter, I probably take a painting more seriously than someone who drives a truck or something. Being a painter, I probably also take his truck more seriously. In the sense of looking at it and listening to it and comparing it to other trucks and having a sense of its relationship to the road and the sidewalk and the things around it and the driver himself. Observation and measure are my business.
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"Persimmon," by Robert Rauschenberg, 1964, oil paint and silkscreen ink on canvas, "In Persimmon the artist juxtapoed depictions of objects - dishes and fruit - and a street scene with a detail from Peter Paul Rubens's Venus in Front of a Mirror (1613/14). The artist reused screens throughout the series, thereby repeating certain images - this picture of the goddess of love, for example, appears in nine color canvases from 1964."

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