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Print - Pull

Pull

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Los Angeles (made)

  • Date:

    1974 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rauschenberg, Robert, born 1925 - died 2008 (artist)
    Gemini GEL (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screenprint on cheesecloth and silk taffeta, with paper bag collage

  • Museum number:

    E.551-1975

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The American Robert Rauschenberg (born 1925) is one of the most inventive and influential artists of his era. His work is not only about, but literally made with, contemporary culture. His trademark sculptures, known as 'combines', are just that - objects from everyday life fixed together, often with an application of paint - in unlikely, but thought-provoking combinations. This principle was subsequently brought into play when he began making prints. He was one of the first artists to transfer photographic images onto canvas and paper, which gives images such as Pull a sense of contact with the world of newspapers, advertising and mass media. He extended this contact with reality by incorporating actual objects, such as the paper bag we see floating from the diver's right arm, and using layers of cloth (muslin and taffeta) to give the image both movement and a visual indistinctness that is implicit in the central image of the Olympic diver.

Physical description

Birds-eye view of a male figure diving into blue water, with border images

Place of Origin

Los Angeles (made)

Date

1974 (made)

Artist/maker

Rauschenberg, Robert, born 1925 - died 2008 (artist)
Gemini GEL (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Screenprint on cheesecloth and silk taffeta, with paper bag collage

Marks and inscriptions

Rauschenberg 74
Signature;date; chalk

21/29

Dimensions

Height: 226 cm approx., Width: 122 cm approx.

Descriptive line

Robert Rauschenberg. 'Pull', from a series of prints entitled Hoarfrost Series, 1974

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Lambert, Susan. Prints : Art and Techniques. London : V&A Publications, 2001. p 9 : ill.
Timmers, Margaret (ed), Impressions of the Twentieth Century: Fine Art Prints from the V&A's Collection, London, V&A Publications, 2001

Materials

Ink; Paper; Silk taffeta; Cheesecloth

Techniques

Screen printing; Collage

Subjects depicted

Water; Swimmers

Categories

Prints

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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