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Green Shirt, 1965-67

Robert Rauschenberg

American, 1925-2008
Neon and enameled metal
119 x 240 x 10-1/2 in. (302.3 x 609.6 x 26.7 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of the Artist
P.1969.141
Art © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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During the 1950s Robert Rauschenberg rose to prominence for his “combine” paintings, which included objects from the “real world” and painted abstractions. Employing an atypical medium, Green Shirt similarly depicts a combination of subjects and objects from ordinary life with references to “high” and folk art traditions. A green shirt, oversized tie and bicycle collaborate with the Rubens-inspired woman at her mirror and small, wandering pigs to blur, and then deconstruct the boundaries of looking at “real art” and experiencing “real life.” Green Shirt is in harmony with his famously quoted objective—“to act in that gap between art and life.”

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