Celebrating Rauschenberg, Picasso and Lichtenstein Through Their Art!

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October 25, 2018

This particular edition of our collectors tip is celebrating three outstanding artists: Robert Rauschenberg, Pablo Picasso, and Roy Lichtenstein. Their practices left a great mark on the 20th-century art history currents in the context of innovation, craftsmanship, and authenticity. Interestingly so all of them were born in the same week.

Robert Rauschenberg is one of the most important American artists of the post-war period born on 22 October 1925 and is best known for his Combines through which the artist anticipated Pop Art. On the other hand, one of the crucial figures for the development of modernism and the founding father of Cubism Pablo Picasso was born on 25 October 1881. Roy Lichtenstein, the celebrated Pop artist best known for his comic book paintings, was born on 27 October 1923.

In order to honor their respective domains, we selected nine artworks which you can add to your collection now.

Featured image: Roy Lichenstein - One Cent Life, 1963. All images courtesy of their respective galleries.

Robert Rauschenberg - Surface Series from Currents 42

Robert Rauschenberg is marked as the proponent of Neo-Dada, the movement which rejected the Abstract Expressionists and introduced the continuity of the Dadaist experimentation after the horrors of WW II. The unconventional use of techniques, mediums, and materials ranging from dirt and house paint to umbrellas and car tires, marked him as an innovator.

This particular work was made in 1970, when the artist started producing works in his home and studio in Captiva, Florida, and it nicely embodies the beginning of his late phase.

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Robert Rauschenberg – Opal Gospel

One of Rauschenberg's best multiples is Opal Gospel made in 1971. It is a three-dimensional book consisting of found imagery, Native American folklore stories, songs, poems, printed on a series of transparent acrylic pages. The design enables participation, since the viewer is able to combine and re-arrange various pages so that the content changes. Rauschenberg was convinced that the evocative power of the work was made possible by the idea of chance referring to the viewer's active participation.

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Pablo Picasso - Femme au Cheveux Flous

Much is written about the significance of Pablo Picasso and his grand oeuvre. During his long career, the artist always searched for new representational solutions by employing different media. The first half of Picasso’s practice consists of several periods such as the Blue Period (1901–1904), the Rose Period (1904–1906), the African-influenced Period (1907–1909), Analytic Cubism (1909–1912), and Synthetic Cubism (1912–1919). His work in the mid-1920s can be even characterized as surrealist, while later work is basically a mix of earlier styles.

The work Femme au Cheveux Flous dates to 1964 and was produced as red earthenware clay rectangular plaque.

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Pablo Picasso - Le Vieux Roi

Although the title of this work implies that this is a portrait of an old king, the character we see looks much more like a clown. Such an ironic play with the meaning of the image and the title is typical for late Picasso and is embedded in his interest in the circus world and especially the representations of saltimbanques or circus performers dating from the first decade of the 20th century.

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Pablo Picasso - Le Colomb Volant

The next artwork by Picasso is a symbolical image of the flying dove with a rainbow; it is a chalk-drawn lithograph in black ink and was produced in 1952. As a matter of fact, Picasso returned to this work in 1960, enhanced it by adding the colors for the background, and finally it was used as a poster for the 1960 Peace Conference.

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Roy Lichtenstein – Brushstrokes

As it was mentioned, Roy Lichtenstein was an American pop artist, who came to prominence alongside Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and James Rosenquist. His practice was largely based on parody, and the referential frame for an understanding of his works can be found in the aesthetic of comic books and advertising.

The painting Brushstrokes dates from 1967 and embodies the main features of his practice, especially Lichtenstein’s dotting technique.

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Roy Lichtenstein – Crying girl

The next artwork by Lichtenstein is called Crying girl and it was produced during the early 1960s when the artist did several paintings of brokenhearted women. It is important to underline that the crying girl series were a prelude to paintings of girls next door in a variety of emotional states. Lichtenstein critically explored the gendered aspects of the female identity and the glamorized image of an American girl.

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Roy Lichtenstein – One Cent Life

In 1964, the Chinese-American artist and poet Walasse Ting published the extraordinary book 1¢ Life in a collaboration with the Abstract Expressionist painter Sam Francis. For that purpose, he invited other artists such as Jim Dine, Robert Indiana, Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg, and Roy Lichtenstein, to participate in the project. It can be said that this publication is a sort of visual manifesto of the 1960s due to vibrant, colorful and psychedelic contributions.

Lichtenstein replied to the theme with a recognizable minimalistic work. It is a screen-print in green over yellow linen and screen-print in pink over blue lettering on board of unbound book.

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