Skip to main content

Robert Rauschenberg Self-Portrait

Robert Rauschenberg, 22 Oct 1925 - 12 May 2008
Robert Rauschenberg, 22 Oct 1925 - 12 May 2008
Photographs and graphite pencil on mat board
Sight: 25.4 x 20.3cm (10 x 8")
Mat: 38.4 x 45.7cm (15 1/8 x 18")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Restrictions & Rights
© Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Object number
Exhibition Label
A forerunner of the pop art movement, Robert Rauschenberg has shattered traditional assumptions about art through his all-encompassing approach to everyday objects and images. Comfortable with materials as diverse as magazines, mud, taxidermied animals, clocks, and radios, Rauschenberg has created paintings, prints, sculptural installations, and even dance pieces. As he explained, "I [tried] to find ways where the imagery, the material and the meaning of the painting would be, not an illustration of my will, but more like an unbiased documentation of what I observed." Winner of the 1964 grand prize for painting at the Venice Biennale, Rauschenberg became the first contemporary visual artist on Time's cover with this 1976 self-portrait. Using his characteristic technique of assemblage, he combines pictures of himself and various artworks with his pet turtle and a view from Captiva, Florida, where he maintains a studio.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
See more items in
National Portrait Gallery Collection