(image added 2008)
Bed, which presents the viewer with a recognizable, everyday object displayed in an unconventional manner, is a parody of Abstract Expressionism. The splattered and dripping paint evokes the movement’s action painting, whereas the use of bed sheets for a canvas is a send-up of a style that Pop artists believed too philosophical and entrenched in dogma.
Artform: PAINTING, DRAWING AND GRAPHIC ARTS, 20th and 21st Centuries
Artist: Rauschenberg, Robert
Artist Dates: 1925-2008
Country/Culture: United States
Period: 20th century
Medium: oil and pencil on pillow, quilt and sheet on wood supports
Size: 191.1 x 80 x 20.3 cm
Subject: Still Life
Style: Pop Art
Museum: Museum of Modern Art, New York
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