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Robert Rauschenberg. “Centennial Certificate”, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1969.“Treasury of the conscience of man. Masterworks collected, protected and celebrated commonly. Timeless in concept the museum amasses to concertise a moment of pride serving to defend the dreams and ideals apolitically of mankind aware and responsive to the changes, needs and complexities of current life while keeping history and love alive.”

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First Time Painting | Robert Rauschenberg (October 22, 1925 – May 12, 2008) was an American painter and graphic artist whose early works anticipated the pop art movement.; Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

Tracer - Rauschenberg The symbolism is fairly straightforward here: military helicopters represent the Vietnam War, the bald eagle indicates American patriotism, and Rubens’ Venus suggests that this is a work about love and war. Rauschenberg united rival movements Pop and Abstract Expressionism by adjoining Warholian scenes of everyday life using strong expressive brushstrokes. Rauschenberg famously stated “painting relates to both art and life; I act in the gap between the two”