Robert Rauschenberg
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Robert Rauschenberg (1925 – 2008) was an American painter and graphic artist whose early works anticipated the pop art movement. Rauschenberg is well known for his "Combines" of the 1950s, in which non-traditional materials and objects were employed in innovative combinations. In 1961, Rauschenberg sent a telegram for a gallery to show it as art, stating: "This is a portrait of Iris Clert if I say so." In 1953, he also famously erased a drawing by Willem de Kooning. By 1962, Rauschenberg's paintings were beginning to incorporate not only found objects but found images as well, transferred by means of silkscreens.

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