Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg


Robert Rauschenberg was a famed American contemporary artist, most known for his works as a painter and a graphic artist. He was one of the more well known artists that became a frontrunner in what became known as the pop art, or contemporary art movement.

Robert Rauschenberg was born on October 22, 1925 to Dora Carolina and Ernest R. Rauschenberg. He was given the name Milton Ernest Rauschenberg by his parents, although he later began going by the name Robert. He was born in Port Arthur, Texas and grew up in the Christian Fundamentalist faith. Robert Rauschenberg suffered from dyslexia, and he worked diligently to overcome the disability.

Early on, at the age of 16, Robert Rauschenberg was admitted to the University of Texas, where he began studying in Pharmacy. In 1943, Robert Rauschenberg was drafted into the United States Navy, where he was stationed in California and he served as a mental hospital technician until he was discharged in 1945.

After his discharge from the military, Rauschenberg began studying at the Kansas City Art Institute, and also the Academie Julian, located in Paris. It was here that Robert Rauschenberg met the painter Susan Well. Later, the two would decide to attend Black Mountain College together, in North Carolina.

Once at Black Mountain College, Rauschenberg began to study under Josef Albers, a founder of the Bauhaus. It was early in his career that he noticed that many of Albers’ earlier courses required very little deviation from what was being taught; however, Rauschenberg readily describes Albers as influencing him to, in fact, do just the opposite.

Moving on from Black Mountain College, Rauschenberg studied at the Art Students League of New York,which is where he met Morris Kantor and Vaclav Vytlacil. He studied here from 1949 until 1952. In 1950, he married Susan Well. They had one child together, a son named Christopher, who was born July 16, 1951. The couple would, unfortunately, later divorce in 1953.

Robert Rauschenberg died on May 12, 2008 on Captiva Island, Florida. His death came as a result of a personal decision to be removed from life support, and Rauschenberg died from heart failure.

Robert Rauschenberg Artwork

Rauschenberg is well known for famously saying that he wanted to work “in the gap between art and life.” His works are most commonly described as being part of the Neo Dadaist movement, a title and label that he shares with another painter Jasper Johns. In the early 1960s, Rauschenberg took a drastic turn; in fact, some may say that his works began to move in the very opposite direction.

Rauschenberg’s travels also influenced his works and his ideas. For instance, in his travels to Morocco, he created collages and boxes out of trash. He then brought the collages to Italy, where he sold them at galleries in Florence and Rome. Many of these collages he managed to sell; the others that did not sell he tossed into a river.

About Hamilton-Selway Fine Art

Hamilton-Selway Fine Art is a fine art gallery specializing in contemporary and pop art. Since opening its doors nearly two decades ago, Hamilton-Selway continues to be one of the largest and most unique art galleries on the entire west coast. We pride ourselves on maintaining a simple philosophy — one that we have stuck to for year. We strive to offer our clients the most selection of contemporary and pop art, and at the best prices. We work with all art lovers — whether you are just venturing out into collecting works of art or you are the most seasoned veteran, we are here to help you with whatever you need.

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