Robert Rauschenberg. Rebus. 1955

Robert Rauschenberg



Not on view
Oil, synthetic polymer paint, pencil, crayon, pastel, cut-and-pasted printed and painted papers, and fabric on canvas mounted and stapled to fabric, three panels
8' x 10' 11 1/8" (243.8 x 333.1 cm)
Partial and promised gift of Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder and bequest of Virginia C. Field, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Peter A. Rübel, and gift of Jay R. Braus (all by exchange)
Object number
Art © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/ Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Painting and Sculpture
This work is not on view.
Robert Rauschenberg has 258 works online.
There are 2,104 paintings online.

Rebus belongs to a body of work in which Rauschenberg integrated three-dimensional objects with two-dimensional paintings. His friend Jasper Johns coined the term Combine for such works, describing them as “painting playing the game of sculpture.” Made from layers of everyday materials found in the neighborhood of his Lower Manhattan studio (comic strips, political posters, fabric, and drawings), this work maintains a flatter, sparser surface than most of the artist’s Combines.

Gallery label from 2011

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