ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG ORIGINAL HAND-SIGNED, "BOB RAUSCHENBERG", offset lithograph of "Stuntman II", 1962, 5 x 7, museum-quality triple-matting, with descriptive brass plaque, and framed in gilted wood, to an overall size of 11 x 15. One minor scuff in lower left, otherwise in fine condition.
ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG (October 22, 1925 – May 12, 2008) was an American painter and graphic artist whose early works anticipated the pop art movement. He also worked with photography, printmaking, papermaking, and performance.
By 1962, Rauschenberg's paintings, like the Stuntman Series (which were said to reflect the chaos and confusion of the world), were beginning to incorporate not only found objects but found images as well - photographs transferred to the canvas by means of the silkscreen process. Previously used only in commercial applications, silkscreen allowed Rauschenberg to address the multiple reproducibility of images and the consequent flattening of experience that implies. In this respect, his work is contemporaneous with that of Andy Warhol, and both Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns are frequently cited as important forerunners of American Pop Art.
Rauschenberg famously erased a drawing by de Kooning, which he obtained from his colleague for the express purpose of erasing it as an artistic statement. The result is titled Erased de Kooning Drawing.