Robert Mapplethorpe Robert Rauschenberg 1983

Artwork details

Artist
Robert Mapplethorpe 1946–1989
Title
Robert Rauschenberg
Date 1983
Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
Dimensions Support: 477 x 377 mm
Collection
Acquisition ARTIST ROOMS
Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Reference
AR00216
Not on display
ARTIST ROOMS

Online caption

Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) was a major American painter, sculptor and printmaker, whose radical combination of action painting with found objects in the 1950s helped prepare the way for Pop Art. Mapplethorpe portrays him as a worker in dark overalls. His outspread arms, open hands and compassionate facial expression make him look like a saint. Mapplethorpe did something similar in a photograph of the Italian artist, Francesco Clemente.

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