Robert Rauschenberg’s avid curiosity and eccentricity made him a Pop Art icon. Using his signature “combine” style of uniting objects and paint, “Bicycle, National Gallery” captivates with color, detail and energy. Visiting a museum while enlisted in the Navy, Rauschenberg (1925 – 2008) was strongly compelled to abandon pharmacology studies and pursue an art career. In the 1950s, Rauschenberg was renowned for combines that exposed the beauty in items usually regarded as garbage. In the 1970s, Rauschenberg’s combines inspired installation works, which are still a thriving art form.
Pop Artist Robert Rauschenberg (1925 – 2008) strongly impacted American and European art through his imaginative experimentation with unusual techniques and materials. Born in Texas, Rauschenberg created silk screens, digital images and set designs, and revolutionized art with huge, three-dimensional “combines,” a fusion of paint and items he collected from the street. Revealing the beauty in items typically perceived as rubbish, Rauschenberg became one of Pop Art’s most influential and acclaimed figures.