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Robert Rauschenberg

American Collagist, Painter, and Graphic Artist

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Born: October 22, 1925 - Port Arthur, Texas

Died: May 12, 2008 - Captiva Island, Florida

"Painting relates to both art and life. Neither can be made."

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Considered by many to be one of the most influential American artists due to his radical blending of materials and methods, Robert Rauschenberg was a crucial figure in the transition from Abstract Expressionism to later modern movements. One of the key Neo-Dada movement artists, his experimental approach expanded the traditional boundaries of art, opening up avenues of exploration for future artists. Although Rauschenberg was the enfant terrible of the art world in the 1950s, he was deeply respected and admired by his predecessors. Despite this admiration, he disagreed with many of their convictions and literally erased their precedent to move forward into new aesthetic territory that reiterated the earlier Dada inquiry into the definition of art.

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