Robert Rauschenberg

Glacial Decoy Series (Lithograph IV)


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Lithograph on paper
Image: 1680 x 1022 mm
Purchased 1981

Catalogue entry

P07445 [from] GLACIAL DECOY SERIES (LITHOGRAPH IV) 1980 [P07381; P07445]

Inscribed ‘Rauschenberg 80’ bottom centre and ‘21/25’
Lithograph, printed and published by Universal Limited Art Editions, 66 1/4×40 1/4 (168×102.2)
Purchased from Universal Limited Art Editions (Grant-in-Aid) 1981

In 1979 Rauschenberg was making a set of six etchings (the first he ever made) at ULAE, collectively titled ‘The Glacial Decoy Series’, using his own photographs photoetched and printed in sharp, cool colours. While that set was in preparation (it was finished in 1982), he made four related lithographs, much larger than the etchings, with brighter colours and a broader, more expansive overall image. He used similarly clear monotone printing, with the images sometimes reversed and doubled, from his own photographs.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984