ARTIST ROOMS

Robert MapplethorpeRobert Rauschenberg 1983

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Artwork details

Artist
Robert Mapplethorpe (1946‑1989)
Title
Robert Rauschenberg
Date 1983
MediumPhotograph, gelatine silver print on paper
Dimensionssupport: 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

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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